The hunt for dolphins and other small whale species begins again off Japan’s coasts. In the run-up to the drive hunt, which lasts from September to March, measures were taken against possible protests in the whaling town of Taiji, where most of the dolphins are caught.
The animals are cornered by several fishing boats in driven hunts. The fishermen hit metal pipes that protrude into the water to frighten the dolphins. The dolphins try to escape this noise and flee to nearby bays.
There they are encircled – and their traders can choose the most beautiful and strongest animals for dolphin shows. Dolphins that are not selected for the dolphinariums are easy prey for fishermen. They are brutally slaughtered with harpoons, spears, or knives.
A live dolphin is worth up to $ 150,000, one dead 600 dollars.
According to local media, emergency services trained to intercept small boats.
Drones were also banned in this year. The police set up a temporary guard for the duration of the hunt.
In the picturesque lagoon near the small whaling town of Taiji around 700 kilometers south of Tokyo, animal trainers sort out the most beautiful specimens on behalf of dolphinariums at home and abroad.
Animal rights activists call prices of up to $ 150,000 each. Then a brutal slaughter begins.
Fishermen drag the wildly wriggling animals, which were not sorted out for sale, in three or four groups, hanging on the side of motorboats, into a neighboring lagoon – while doing turning maneuvers they drive over the captured dolphins. Others are slaughtered with spears, hooks, and knives in the bay, which is closed to the public.
These gruesome scenes repeat themselves year after year between September and March.
“This is exactly why you have to be on-site with a small team around the clock for the entire six months of the dolphin hunting season. The level of extreme cruelty literally cries out to be made public.
This must by no means be hidden from the public, especially not from Japanese consumers”, says the founder and director of the Dolphin Project, Ric O’Barry.
According to animal rights activists, the ongoing criticism of the driven hunt in Japan is having an effect.
“Over the past 18 years, the number of dolphins and small whales hunted in Japan has decreased by 93 percent,” said Sandra Altherr, a marine expert at Pro Wildlife.
The organization has been calling for an end to dolphin hunting in Japan for years, even if far more dolphins are now being hunted in other countries, for example in Peru, Nigeria, Brazil, or India.
In Japan, whale or dolphin meat is generally rarely eaten anyway. This is mostly limited to whaling sites. According to Pro Wildlife, however, more and more animals are being caught alive and sold for large sums to dolphinariums around the world.
Taiji is a small place where there are still driven hunts in which the dolphins are driven to the coast and killed. The fishing season is from September to March. The dolphins are at dolphinariums, u. a. sold in Japan, Egypt, Turkey, Dubai, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Taiwan.
Sea World and the American military also bought dolphins from Taiji in the past!
Since the theme parks are booming in China, the dolphins are being sold to China.
And I mean … The hunt for whales and dolphins does not play a role in feeding the Japanese population, is condemned worldwide, and is certainly not economical.
Why is Japan still doing this? The Japanese government’s answer is that whaling is an ancient part of Japanese culture, that fishermen have been catching whales for centuries, and that Japan will never allow foreigners to tell its people what they can and cannot eat – and so Japan continues to slaughter Whales and dolphins.
If the government of Japan recognizes some insane dolphin butchers as the cultural bearers of the country, then one wonders who is running the country.
If you can be enthusiastic and enjoy how innocent and utterly defenseless animals suffer and are tortured to death in such a way, you are no more than a wretched monster and have in no way earned anything like your own human rights.
Let alone the right to call such a massacre”culture”!!
If we consider that radioactive water and toxic waste from Fukushima are dumped in the ocean, then Japan should rather try to get the disaster of Fukushima under control and not give lectures on culture.
Maybe the Japanese fishermen can deal with Facebook and other social media despite their mental limitations, then they will see what a little bunch they are still and how one thinks about their so-called culture in the world.
My best regards to all, Venus