To: Sponsors of Captive Dolphins Shows & Politicians From: [Your Name]
I have taken the pledge NOT to buy a ticket to a dolphin show.
No Dolphin Parks. No Swim With Dolphin Programs. No Hotels and Lodges that feature captive dolphins on the property. No Dolphin “Trainer For A Day” programs. No Dolphin “Research” facilities that charge to interact with dolphins. No Cruise lines that feature stops at Swim With Dolphin Parks.
With dolphin consumption not particularly popular in Japan, and known to be high in mercury, Mr O’Barry believes it is the lucrative sums earned from selling live dolphins which makes the slaughter financially viable.
While debate rages over whether dolphin killing is a tradition in Japan, the large scale culls and capture of these animals is a relatively new phenomenon.
Dead dolphins sell for as little as US $480, while a live animal can sell for 100 times that amount, according to Vice News.
The majority of those sold into entertainment are sent to China where there is an expanding middle class, with money to spend on dolphin shows, the Washington Post reported.
Footage from yesterday (Jan. 14, 2021) when a pod of striped dolphins was driven into the cove. In panic, several dolphins crashed into the rocks, turning water red as they were injured and bled. Take action: https://t.co/BkupXmhEip Coverage in collab with Dolphin Project & LIA pic.twitter.com/WdVvUIJhCp
Are whales an acceptable by-catch for Japan’s set net fishery?
TAIJI: Just one day after the slaughter of a minke whale, yet another whale has fallen victim to Taiji’s fishing nets.
On January 13, Ren Yabuki, Campaign Director of Life Investigation Agency, in collaboration with Dolphin Project, while documenting Taiji’s drive hunts, spotted a humpback whale entangled in the Taiji Fishermen’s Association fishing nets. Shortly thereafter, the association removed the dead whale from the outside of the nets, dragging it back to sea.
Humpback whale dies after ramming Taiji’s set nets, Taiji, Japan. Credit: LIA/Dolphin Project
This is the third time a whale has been caught in the fishing “set net” system. On November 29, a humpback whale was trapped in the nets and released one day later. On December 24, a minke whale was caught in these same nets, and after 20 days of struggle, was slaughtered by drowning by the fishermen’s association. In this latest incident, a humpback whale died after becoming entangled in the nets.
Says Ren, “Three whales caught in Taiji’s set nets within a span of six weeks shows how harmful these nets are to the ecosystem.”
These offshore nets are in place year-round just outside the Taiji harbor, adjacent to the infamous Cove. Whale entanglement in set nets occurs not only in Taiji, but throughout Japan and is a common occurrence. Several different species of fish are caught within the nets; sometimes dolphins and other whales become trapped in them, unable to escape.
Humpback whale dragged back out to sea after dying in Taiji’s fishing nets, Taiji, Japan. Credit: LIA/Dolphin Project
Says Tim Burns, Dolphin Project Cove Monitor, “This isn’t the first time we have seen whales entangled in the sets nets off Taiji, but the number of incidences involving non-targeted species has become alarming.”
Featured image: Humpback whale dies after becoming entangled in Taiji’s set nets, Taiji, Japan. Credit: Life Investigation Agency/Dolphin Project
From Life Investigation Agency (LIA): Graphic footage taken yesterday, showing the set net fishermen drowning the minke whale that had been trapped in their net for over 2 weeks. Full video and report at: https://t.co/rjPf5fRGrIpic.twitter.com/FEsLmwmra5
Taiji: The hunting boats have returned to the harbor empty handed. Although wild dolphins are safe today, LIA has confirmed that the minke whale that was trapped in the set nets was killed this morning. More info to follow. Jan. 11, 2021 Coverage: #LifeInvestigationAgency (LIA) pic.twitter.com/tDwYf74ewu
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