Fishermen in Taiji have ignored protesters and continued their annual dolphin slaughter. One of the animal rights groups, Sea Shepherd, said that 14 dolphins had been killed but a handful were spared as they were mother and offspring.
TBS, a Japanese broadcasting company, covered the activists saying, “Mama dolphin, baby dolphin, No,” to the fishermen in broken English. Police removed some protesters to avoid any violent conflicts according to TBS.
One of the organizations that oppose the hunt is savejapandolphins.org headed by Rick O’Barry who was the former trainer of Flipper. O’Barry says that the dolphinarium and swimming with dolphins programs contribute to the slaughter of dolphins. As mentioned in a previous article on Conscious Life News, fishermen can make $100,000 per dolphin as dolphin trainers buy them for dolphinariums then since there is no incentive to release the dolphins they are killed and the meat is sold in Japanese markets even though it contains toxic levels of mercury.
The dolphin kill in Taiji comes just before a protest against dolphin killing to be held on October 14th, 2010 in front of Japanese consulates and embassies worldwide. Protesters suggest that the solution would be to encourage eco-tours and dolphin watching cruises rather than keeping them captive and encouraging the hunt.
News source: Savejapandolphins.org