Day: December 22, 2020

Taiji: 85 Dolphins are hunted in this bay for our zoos.

Disturbing footage from Japan: fishermen crowd dolphins into a bay, corner them and capture dozens of animals. At least 85 dolphins were caught
It’s a kind of casting, a terrible selection – according to the Life Investigation Agency (LIA), the whole thing happens to select dolphins for animal parks and aquariums.

At least 85 animals have been torn from their conspecifics in the past few days, reports the “”ladbible” portal.

In Taiji / Japan a dolphin is demarcated. This animal is not slaughtered but sold (Photo: Zhukovandr / Stock.Adobe.com).

According to observers, numerous young animals have also been separated from their mothers.
At least one dolphin was killed.

LIA director Ren Yabuki told Australian broadcaster 9news that many of the animals were desperately trying to fight back.

“They were very stressed and many of them hit the surface of the water with their tail fins.”

They also communicated with each other with clicks and whistles. “It was very sad to hear them screaming together,”  Yakubi said, according to the report.
He has years of experience with dolphins, “but I’ve never heard them scream like that.”

The incidents took place in the infamous bay of Taiji, a small coastal town in Wakayama Prefecture.
It achieved notoriety through the Oscar-winning documentary “The Bay”.

There are regular massacres of dolphins there.

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And I mean...Capturing or killing a single dolphin can have catastrophic effects on the entire population.
Dolphins are very social animals.

They have a culture and pass on knowledge within the group. The removal of a single animal can be a heavy blow for smaller herds.

But the big money comes from the dolphins caught alive.
The most beautiful and, from a trainer’s point of view, the most “promising” specimens are then given the dubious honor of spending a life in captivity at unit prices of up to the US $ 200,000 after they have been sold to dolphinariums around the world.

Almost all the dolphins found in dolphinariums or therapy centers come from Taiji.

Japan leads the world with 50 dolphinariums.
But Turkey, Egypt, Dubai, Tunisia, Russia, North and South America, Spain, and of course Germany is also involved in the cruel business.
The demand from tourists, including Germans, fuels greed for money.

The stress that animals are under in aquariums is enormous.
Triggered primarily by noise. Dolphins and orcas can perceive sounds from 150 to 200,000 vibrations.
In humans, this hearing range is between 20 and 20,000 vibrations.

In addition to the noise emissions of a dolphinarium such as applause, cheers, and loudspeaker announcements, the animals are also exposed to the noise of the constantly running water pump.
This noise stresses the animals to the limit.
Therefore, the fish that are fed to them are filled with sedatives.

Animal rights activists and researchers demand personal rights for dolphins and orcas – they should, like us humans, have a fundamental right to undisturbed freedom.

Unfortunately, we are still a long way from that.
Tourism is booming and dolphinariums are billions of dollars.

Canada set a good example just a few weeks ago: captivity and breeding of whales and dolphins is now prohibited by law there.

Hopefully, other countries will follow suit.

My best regards to all, Venus

The lobster’s long path of suffering

The best chefs in the world serve them, in delicatessen shops, in markets, and in fish departments, they are the figureheads – and embody the “fruits of the seas” like no other animal.
Especially in time for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, the advertising echoes: It’s lobster season!!

To ensure that their meat is as fresh as possible, lobsters, unlike most fish, which are killed immediately after being caught and then placed on ice for further processing, are offered for sale alive.

Doomed to motionlessness with tied scissors, the animals lie behind the glass panes of the small basins – often stacked on top of each other and without food – for weeks and months, that is nothing more than cruelty to animals.

But the suffering of the animals begins several months before and finally ends in an unimaginably cruel way.

The habitat of the European lobster ranges from Norway to the Mediterranean. Until that one day when man deprives them of their freedom and imposes their destiny as food, lobsters live solitary and sedentary. The animals prefer cooler waters with a rocky bottom, where they hide during the day and hunt at night.

They live in caves, crevices, and piles of stones, move around their home within a radius of up to five kilometers and a depth of 50 meters, and defend this against conspecifics. The highest in the lobster ranking has the right to the best hiding place and thus the best starting position for mating.

When the female is ready to mate, the male takes her into his hiding place and hands him the sperm packet, which the female keeps in his seminal vesicle over the winter. Fertilization does not take place until the following summer when the female lays up to 40,000 eggs and attaches them under her tail.

Depending on the water temperature, it then takes another ten to twelve months for the lobster larvae to hatch, swim freely in the water for 14 days and then begin their life on the ground.
In order to grow, lobsters molt regularly throughout their lives.

Another wonder of nature: If lobsters lose individual limbs, for example in a fight with enemies, they grow back within several molts.

Lobsters feed mainly on mussels, sea urchins, crabs, bristle worms, and carrion. Unlike many other animals, they do not have teeth in their mouths, but rather six pairs of mouthparts with which they can only tear the food into small pieces.

Their back color is also adapted to the ground on which they live and ranges from blue to green-blue to black-violet, while their sides and undersides are usually brown to orange-yellow with dark speckles.

Their characteristic claws not only help them to get food but are also effective defensive weapons that they can turn in all directions underwater.

In old animals, the claws can become so large that they make up more than half the body weight. In general, lobsters can reach a length of up to 75 centimeters, weigh six or more kilograms, and live up to 100 years.
If it weren’t for the human-animal with its barbaric appetite, which is only too happy to eat its flesh.

The main fishing season for European lobster is summer.
The lobster fishermen sink baskets and traps loaded with bait in the coastal waters and catch the animals.

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