Category: Hunting

Japan: Season Ends for Taiji’s Dolphin Drive Hunts.

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Dolphin Project can confirm that on March 1, Taiji’s dolphin drive hunts ended for the 2020/21 season. During the entire six-month long hunting season, our collaboration with Life Investigation Agency (LIA), headed up by campaign director Ren Yabuki, ensured that an all-Japanese team was on the ground each day to document the drives and other events that took place. Never before has an all-Japanese team of dedicated activists taken up residence in Taiji, solely to document from a Japanese perspective, the suffering of dolphins that takes place annually at the Cove. As such, our educational outreach throughout Japan has never been greater.

This season, there were a total of 46 red coves (where dolphins were either slaughtered or taken captive) and 135 blue coves (where no dolphins were slaughtered or taken captive) involving six species of dolphins. We estimate 547 dolphins were slaughtered, while 140 were taken captive. Many more may have died as a result of the drives themselves, their numbers never recorded.

Dolphins, including the very young and the very old, were routinely subjected to harassment, suffering and abuse, slaughtered for their meat or taken captive to be exploited in marine parks and aquariums. Entire pods of dolphins were decimated. Several incidental deaths also took place, but thanks to the tireless documentation of the team, we were able to record the hunters’ shameless actions.

Over and over, once driven into the Cove, the team documented the prolonged suffering of dolphins. Even before the mammals are netted into the shallow water, the drives themselves often leave the pod exhausted, with visible injuries. Dolphin trainers work closely alongside dolphin hunters, choosing which mammals will be selected for “life” in captivity, and which will be slaughtered. Marine parks and aquariums often use the terms “conservation” and “education” when describing their captive dolphin displays. The reality however, lies in the bloody waters of this tiny Japanese town: demand for captive entertainment is what fuels Taiji’s drive hunts. Captive dolphin displays, including swim-with-dolphins programs aren’t educational, nor are they entertaining. They are exploitative, and often responsible for the destruction of entire wild dolphin pods.

In three separate incidences, the team also documented whales caught in the offshore fishing nets (called “set nets”). While one whale, a humpback, was released, a minke whale was deliberately drowned after being trapped for 19 days. A third whale, another humpback, was found dead. 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 is alarming.

On a positive note, almost four years and ten months after I was deported from Japan, the decision of the Tokyo High Court to revoke the deportation order by the Ministry of Justice is now effective. In a judgement for the case of O’Barry versus Japan, the court ruled in my favor, citing that both my denial of entry (dated January 20, 2016) and deportation (dated February 5, 2016) were without legal merit. The Japanese government attempted to appeal this decision, however, the Supreme Court did not accept the appeal. When it is safe to do so, I am looking forward to visiting Japan.

Compared to the 2019/20 dolphin hunting season, while we cannot know the reason for the decrease in numbers, 37 fewer dolphins were taken captive. Thus, it’s imperative that we continue to keep the pressure on by educating the world why we need to say NO to the dolphin show.

Dolphin Project and Life Investigation Agency are grateful to each of you who lent your voices in support. While the drive season has “technically” ended, permits to hunt pilot whales are valid for several more months.

We hope you will continue to stand by Dolphin Project’s side as we continue our work across the globe, from the United States to the Solomon Islands and to Indonesia, where three dolphins are currently rehabilitating at the Umah Lumba Center in Banyuwedang Bay, West Bali, the first ever permanent dolphin rehabilitation, release and retirement facility for captive dolphins.

All of our groundbreaking work is made possible because of your generous support. Thank you for being a dolphin defender!

Ric O’Barry, Founder/Director of Dolphin Project

Bavaria: murdered foxes on display

A walker sent PETA images showing numerous foxes hung up on the Doimahof in Alxing, Bavaria.

Füchse getötet und in Bayern zur Schau aufgehängt

The dead animals were tied to wooden pegs there.

PETA filed a complaint about harassment of the general public under Section 118 of the Administrative Offenses Act.

In addition, PETA calls on the people in charge of the Doimahof – which also runs a hotel and restaurant trade – to stop making their property available for such life-threatening activities.

And I mean…The German hunters, the best of all people, show the stupid world once again how to properly do and show mass murder.

A law always helps because the worst part is that it is legal.

Willingness to use violence and the protection of the law, that is all that hunters need for an animal massacre

The village society is obviously outraged by the “indecent” souvenirs on the tree, which give the village a bad reputation, but not for the annual mass murder of 500,000 foxes in Germany by hunters

These are unbearable images for a civilized country

regards and good night, Venus

Italy: successful raid against poachers in the Veneto lagoons

Report- Committee Against Bird Murder (CABS)

Employees of the Committee against Bird Murder (CABS) and a special unit of the Italian police have jointly taken action against illegal hunting and the trade on migratory birds in the Veneto region over the past 10 days.

The main focus of the controls was the lagoons south of Venice, in which hundreds of thousands of waterbirds from northern and central Europe are currently wintering.
As reported by the Committee against Bird Murder, 22 hunters were caught red-handed shooting down protected species or hunting with prohibited bait systems.

In addition, 21 shotguns, 6,400 rounds of ammunition, nine prohibited electronic decoys, and three professional poultry plucking machines were seized.

In a butcher’s shop in Padua supplied by the poachers, 961 frozen wild birds were seized during a search, including gadfly, pochard, teal pintail, shoveler, and white-fronted geese.
Criminal proceedings were initiated against the suspects for poaching, possession of unregistered firearms, and violating the marketing bans.

In the weeks leading up to the action, experts from the committee (CABS) had spent days collecting evidence against poachers from rubber dinghies, and then leading Carabinieri officials to their shooting huts.

The action is the largest campaign to date against poaching in the difficult-to-access lagoon landscape, which is of international importance for nature conservation as a resting and wintering area.

Committee chairman Heinz Schwarze thanked the authorities involved for the good cooperation and announced further assignments in Venice.

And I mean…Many of the animals were freshly shot, says the committee, and had just been handed in by hunters, while others were already plucked and frozen in sacks.
All species are strictly prohibited from marketing in Italy.
The birds – almost all of them endangered throughout Europe – were intended for restaurants in Venice.

Excellent job in all respects!
We thank and congratulate the courageous activists of the CABS

My best regards to all, Venus

Netherlands bans hare and rabbit hunting

Last week the Dutch House of Representatives approved a motion to remove both the brown hare and the rabbit from the “Wildlife List”.
This means that it would no longer be possible to hunt these species in the Netherlands in the future.

The Dutch Hunters Association criticizes the application as “unnecessary and legally unfeasible”.They say: Rabbits and brown hares would still be common and widespread in the Netherlands.

The “Partij voor de Dieren” (Party for Animal Welfare) recently tried to change the National Wildlife List in a parliamentary debate.

At the time, the party demanded that game species that are on the “Red List” be automatically removed from the list of huntable species.
Since a majority was not foreseeable at the time, the party withdrew its proposal.

Even then it was unclear whether a change in the “Wildlife List” could be legally enforced at all since the “Red List” has no legal status.
The hunters’ association claims that the animal welfare party had already tried in the past to abuse the corona crisis or the outbreak of bird flu for hunting bans.

In a renewed attempt to change the huntable species, the party was now successful.
With the support of the “Democrats 66”, the required majority for the “Partij voor de Dieren” proposal was now available.
The “Hunters` Association” accuses the “Democrats 66” of having cheated voters with the 180-degree turn shortly before the elections.
In December, the “D66” was still critical of the change to the “game list”.

As a result of the re-evaluation of the brown hare and rabbit on the basis of the updated “Red List” in 2020, both wild species were classified as “endangered”.

The hunters’ association does not want to accept the change in the game list without a fight and, if necessary, take it to the European Court of Justice (!!!)

And I mean... one thing in advance: The European Court of Justice will not work, they have other worries
They are particularly busy with the naughtiness of the Germans, as we reported yesterday.
And in this case, it’s about bigger “rabbits”!

We welcome the correct decision of the Dutch Parliament!
The great pleasure of the Dutch hunters (like all hunters), to shoot defenseless animals cowardly from ambush while looking for food, – although no one needs their flesh and skin to survive- is now over.
As murderous as they are, they will try to fight this morally very progressive decision of the Dutch parliament by all means.

But the days of hunter dominance in media, politics, and society are finally over.

There is no such thing as a hunter ideology, and the majority of society regards hunters as militant, harmful weirdos.

My best regards to all, Venus

Norbert the hunter

This is Norbert

Norbert is hunter

Norbert says: I’m a wildlife manager

Animal rights activist
Hygiene specialist
Dog leader
police officer
He has worked hard to achieve this
2000 for the hunting license
8 hours of nature conservation
4 learning hours of hygiene law
4 hours of study on wildlife diseases
4 lessons “everything about dogs”
16 hours of learning hunting law
02 lessons in gun law
And of course weapons, binoculars, etc.

He now shoots the four-legged family members of others.
He controls and instructs others in the forest
He pays no dog tax and is a dog expert
He gets a 25% new car discount
He tells other epidemiological tales of rabies, owls, and fox tapeworms
He rescues fawns and shoots them four months later
He is suing photographers who use telephoto lenses to disrupt wildlife

Norbert is a nature and animal rights activist

Norbert is a specialist. Because actually, Norbert is a lawyer

My best regards to all, Venus

EU: Help the elephants! Public consultation on new EU measures to ban trade in ivory – Be Quick – Closes 25/2/21.

Help the elephants! Public consultation on new EU measures to ban trade in ivory

16 February 2021

On January 28th the European Commission published draft measures aimed to effectively ban EU trade in ivory.

The draft Commission regulation and guidance are now open for final public feedback before being adopted by the Commission. The period of public feedback will last until 25 February 2021.  

Across Europe, ivory continues to be traded online, in auction houses and markets. The EU and Japan are among the last countries with large, legal domestic ivory markets, while other major markets in the USA, China and the UK are now closed or in the process of closing. 

Luckily, there is wide support in the EU for the closure of domestic elephant ivory markets, from the EU Council to the European Parliament, and among EU citizens and civil society. 

Help the elephants and take part in the EC public consultation

You have time until February 25th

The European Commission has the mandate to introduce comprehensive measures aimed at closing the EU domestic ivory market, thereby showing global leadership. Only by so doing, the EU will remove any financial value from ivory, reduce the opportunity for new ivory to be laundered through legal markets, and send a clear message to the rest of the world that the EU no longer considers ivory a commodity.

We therefore welcome the European Commission’s draft measures to ban the ivory trade in the European Union (EU) and urge the EU and its Member States to support and implement them without further delays.

We would nevertheless like to highlight the following recommendations for the European Commission’s public consultation:

  • We strongly recommend that the EC assess within the next few years the real effectiveness of both the implementing Regulation and the Guidance.
  •  We ask that the changes made to the guidance document on the EU regime governing trade in ivory is integrated into the EU Commission Regulation, in order to ensure that the guidance becomes legally binding and a consistent language in both the Guidance and the proposed Regulation is used.
  • We fully support the proposed measures which provide that antique worked ivory may only be traded within the EU with a certificate. However, only independent approved/recognised experts should be authorised to assess whether an item has been legally acquired or not in order to avoid conflict of interests.

Read more about Wildlife trade and trafficking.


UK: Director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, has been charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting others to commit an offence under the Hunting Act 2004.

We have tremendous news tonight (12/2/21) with regard to the leaked zoom calls from the Master of Fox Hunting Association and Countryside Alliance – after some months of deliberation, Mark Hankinson, director of the Masters of Fox Hounds Association, has been charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting others to commit an offence under the Hunting Act 2004, contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007.

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Posted 12th February, 2021

The League Against Cruel Sports has welcomed the news that Mark Hankinson, director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association, has been charged with intentionally encouraging or assisting others to commit an offence under the Hunting Act 2004, contrary to Section 44 of the Serious Crimes Act 2007.

It follows the publication of leaked webinars by the Hunt Saboteurs Association and a subsequent investigation by Devon and Cornwall Police. He is due to appear before Plymouth Magistrates’ Court on 4 March.

However, the charity is seeking answers as to why more charges were not forthcoming.

Andy Knott, League Against Cruel Sports chief executive officer, said: “We welcome the news that a director of the Masters of Foxhounds Association is being prosecuted as a result of the leaked training webinars in which trail hunting was described as a smokescreen by senior members of the hunting lobby.

 “Given the content of the webinars, we are astonished that more people were not charged. As the official complainant in this case we will be asking for a meeting with the Crown Prosecution Service to discuss this with them further. We always felt that Mark Hankinson had breached the law in these films and we are very pleased to see that a criminal charge has been brought against him.”


The League Against Cruel Sports is Britain’s leading charity that works to stop animals being persecuted, abused and killed for sport. The League was instrumental in helping bring about the landmark Hunting Act. We carry out investigations to expose law-breaking and cruelty to animals and campaign for stronger animal protection laws and penalties. We work to change attitudes and behaviour through education and manage sanctuaries to protect wildlife.

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Regards Mark

In loving memory of Mike Hill

Hunt saboteur Mike Hill was killed by members of the Cheshire beagles hunt on Saturday 9th Feb 1991.

Mike Hill became the first hunt saboteur to be killed whilst trying to protect wildlife. Mike was only 18 and for two years lived and breathed animal rights, not just dogs and cats but every living creature. He was a VEGAN, worked at both Heavens Gate Sanctuary and Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre, and was an active sab with Yeovil sabs and Merseyside sabs.

Mike was too nice a person for this world. There was no hurt nor malice in his soul.
He thought good of everyone and everything. He was quiet, unassuming, softly spoken, and gentle.
He lived and died for his beliefs.

No charges have yet been proffered against the two huntsmen.

No one has ever been brought to justice for his death.
The killing of Mike Hill has devastated his family, his friends, hunt saboteur groups all over the country and at Freshfields Animal Rescue Centre and Heavens Gate Sanctuary. His name, his love, affection, caring for all, and dedication to the movement will live on.

He will be in our thoughts forever.💚

The story: On 9. February in 1991, Mike Hill was deliberately run over and killed during a meet of the Cheshire Beagles.
His death came about at the end of the day’s hunting, when huntsman Allan Summersgill, with no-kill under his belt, boxed up the hounds in a small blue trailer being towed by a pick-up truck.

Mike and two fellow Merseyside sabs jumped onto the back of the truck in order to prevent the huntsman from driving to another location to continue hunting. Summersgill sped off down winding country roads for five miles with the terrified sabs clinging onto the back.
It is thought that Mike jumped from the pick-up as it slowed to take a bend. He failed to clear the truck and was crushed between the truck and the trailer. Mike died on the spot.

Despite the thud of Mike’s body and the screams of the other sabs, the heartless huntsman continued driving for a further mile.

The truck only halted when one of the sabs smashed the rear window of the cab. The sab was hit with a whip as he tried to stop the truck.

Once it had stopped one sab ran back to Mike’s prone body while the other ran to a nearby house to call for an ambulance. Summersgill drove off, later turning himself in at a police station.

Despite the details of the case, an inquest improbably arrived at a verdict of “Accidental Death” no charges

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And I mean…when such “accidents” occur during hunting sabotage, the hunters are happy.

They think this will bring fear and anxiety to future actions. But to this day there are still hunting sabotages, and many with success.

Most likely the judges of that time were also hunters. Therefore most of them are not interested in finding out the truth at all.

And offenders are declared innocent. Even Hit and run leads to no accusation.

We live in a perpetrator-friendly justice and society

regards and good night, Venus

Spain will ban wolf hunting!

The State Commission for Natural Heritage of the Ministry of Ecological Transition and Demographic Challenge has proposed this Thursday, February 4, the inclusion of all existing wolf populations in Spain in the List of Wild Species in the Special Protection Regime, so it will automatically stop be considered a hunting species.

This implies that they cannot be hunted as soon as the new law takes effect.

The proposal has required a double vote because in the first a tie was reached. Finally, a simple majority, necessary to adopt the decision, has given the go-ahead, thereby homogenizing the status of wolf populations throughout the national territory.

Cantabria, Asturias, Castilla y León, and Galicia, all of them regions with wolf populations north of the Duero, have voted against the proposal, a position to which other autonomous communities governed by the PartidoPopular have joined.

In any case, the proposal has gone ahead with the favorable vote of the rest of the regions.

The inclusion of all Spanish wolf populations in the list of wild species in the special protection regime is based on the opinion of the Scientific Committee, which recommended their protection because it takes into account “their importance as a cultural and scientific heritage, as well as the environmental benefits resulting from the presence of this species in natural Ecosystems “.

“The fact that it is a key species for the functioning of ecosystems, that its area of ​​distribution includes territories of several autonomous communities and that the number of these has increased in recent times as well as the threats that affect the species they made a common approach to action necessary so that the management and conservation of the wolf are coherent throughout the Spanish territory, ensures its populations and long-term distribution and guarantees coexistence with man ”, they add.

The creation of a working group was proposed to develop a new strategy for the management and protection of the wolf in Spain. The objective of this document is to achieve the conservation, management, and restoration of viable populations of wolves as an integral part of Spanish ecosystems, ensuring coexistence with human activities in the areas where they live.

From AnimaNaturalis we hope that they will prohibit the hunting of these animals from now on, and do not wait for the new law to come into force, which will still take a few months to come into force.

We warmly welcome the decision.
All that remains now is the abolition of bullfighting!

My best regards to all, Venus