By Dr. Andrew Jones
The Japanese are now killing more than 200 defenseless animals- so called ‘fisherman’ trapped over 200 dolphins in Japan’s Taiji Cove.
The dolphins have been starved for 3 days.
Dolphins are considered some of the more intelligent beings on our planet, yet the Japanese Government condones the slaughter.
Louie Psihoyos, director of “The Cove,” the Oscar-winning documentary that followed a prior hunt with hidden cameras, had this to say:
“It’s morally reprehensible on almost every level”
These animals have emotions, they are sensitive, they display behaviors more typical of human interactions. There are deep bonds with their offspring, and some may be together for life.
The meat is also quite toxic, with mercury levels some 2000 times more than is deemed safe for human consumption.
The Japanese government has defended the controversial annual dolphin hunt as international criticism has escalated.
The fishermen in Taiji say the hunt is part of their village tradition and call foreign critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.
Consider how they are killed:
The dolphins are dragged up onto the beach and slaughtered.
This practice is very cruel and dolphins can take up to 30 minutes to die by suffocation or drowning.
I applaud what Caroline Kennedy, the US Ambassador had to say:
“Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.” She said the US government opposed such fishing.
This is wrong on so many levels, it should be made illegal at an international level, and the hunting, and capture of dolphins for food and entertainment should be banned.
Andrew Jones, DVM
P.S. I encourage you to sign the petition to Stop the Dolphin Slaughter in Taiji, Japan. I have signed it.
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