Japan Finishes Dolphin Slaughter—Under Cover
Dozens slaughtered for meat amid protests
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted Jan 21, 2014 12:09 AM CST
Updated Jan 21, 2014 7:50 AM CST
Fishermen drive bottlenose dolphins into a net during the 2010 hunt off Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, western Japan   (AP Photo/Kyodo News, File)

(Newser) – Japanese fishermen have wrapped up their annual dolphin hunt and slaughter in Taiji cove amid international protests. CNN reports that some 500 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove—a larger number than usual, though Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is sticking with its original claim that 250 or so dolphins were involved. As always, some were captured to be sold to aquariums, others slaughtered for their meat, and the rest released; a member of the local fishermen's union says fewer than 100 fell into those first two categories. But Sea Shepherd, which has tweeted and streamed video through the whole hunt, claims that "many will die at sea from the last 4 days." It claims that 52 were sold into captivity, 41 were killed, and the remaining 130 to 140 were released.

Sea Shepherd has described horrific scenes as dozens of dolphins were dragged into a tent to be slaughtered, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. That tent was apparently an attempt on the fishermen's part to keep prying eyes away. Reuters reports that in advance of the killing they put a tarpaulin in place; blood streamed out from under it. The Japanese government has shrugged off criticism of the hunt from diplomats including US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy. "Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," a government spokesman says. "We will explain Japan's position to the American side." (Click for another tale of marine woes involving sardines.)

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Japan Launches Dolphin Slaughter is...
5%
4%
74%
3%
4%
11%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 97 comments
Kodi
Jan 24, 2014 12:02 AM CST
Japanese and Chinese people for all their wonderful traits are the worlds worst abusers of nature and the worlds ocean food supply. From aiding in the likely extinction of Rhinos for their horns to raping the worlds oceans of fish including those waters surrounding other nations, to the annual slaughter of sea mammals like whales and dolphins they are the most selfish people on earth in that regard.
Kodi
Jan 23, 2014 11:59 PM CST
Diplomacy is the art of lying.
izzyi1
Jan 23, 2014 11:30 AM CST
The word "tradition" is a cover word for every deplorable act that Japan is capable of. From Comfort women in WW2 to the Shanghai atrocities in the '30s. Besides the horrific numbers of American POWs that suffered "Japanese tradition" and never were heard of again. worse than the Germans if you could believe that. Even the word for 'love' in Japanese --Go mena sy-- is pornographic..