Dolphins Slaughtered in Japan’s Taiji (Killing) Cove (VIDEO)

Written by on January 21, 2014 in Wildlife with 3 Comments

On Tuesday (January 21, 2014), fishermen on Japan's Pacific coast kill more than 200 dolphins as their annual hunt begins. The dolphins are driven into shallow water in Taiji cove by fishermen using nets and boat engines, where fishermen in boats and some in wetsuits tie their tails to stop them escaping. A tarpaulin is then erected to stop cameras from filming the killing and the blood seeping into the sea.

Activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society denouncing the hunt said around 250 dolphins were trapped, with more than 50 selected for aquariums. (SOUNDBITE) SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY ACTIVIST, MELISSA SEHGAL: “A metal rod was stabbed into their spinal cord, where they were left to bleed out, suffocate and die. After a traumatic four days held captive in the killing cove, they experienced violent captive selection, being separated from their family, and then eventually were killed today.” Sea Shepherd says the slaughters occur almost daily for six months. Japan has defended the dolphin hunt, saying it is a traditional industry and is carried out legally.

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  1.' Donna says:

    I just don’t get how people can do that and sleep at night. The whole thing of clubbing baby seals to death, executing anyone or anything just for the sport of it. I understand if this is done to survive but no wonder this world is going to hell, or is there already. I really think that our consciences and feelings of empathy are being bred out of us. The book “The Giver” reminds me of all this. A society totally void of any emotion.

  2.' iPragmatist says:

    The VERY same thing should be done to these people who commit such atrocities.

  3.' chris says:

    I couldn’t agree with Donna more. The older I get, the more I come to realize that there are, plain and simply, far too many evil people on this planet. They do horrendous damage. I can’t imagine the circumstances of their upbringing, for they truly don’t seem to have a conscience. Perhaps not their fault. Either way, if you can kill a fellow human, then you can easily squash an ant, shoot a squirrel, kill a beautiful deer or caribou, club a seal to death, slaughter pigs and cows, destroy all fish life, and torture dolphins. I think that once, at a very young age, that you’re exposed to such destruction, it can capture your soul, somehow. It’s sad and heartbreaking but it continues and thrives. I wish we could live in PEACE.

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