posted on Sep, 20 2006 @ 05:18 PM
Each September a months-long ritual starts up again in the Japanese
villages of Taiji and Futo. Fishermen herd hundreds of dolphins into
shallow bays by banging on partially submerged rods.
Researchers say the dolphins are corralled into nets and then speared,
hooked, hoisted by their tails [image], and finally eviscerated alive.
A new consortium of scientists and wildlife officials today called on the
Japanese goverment to end the practice.
“The Japanese dolphin drive hunts are an abominable violation of any
standard of animal welfare, and these hunts inflict measurable pain
and suffering on animals that are intelligent, sentient, and socially
complex,” said Diana Reiss, Senior Research Scientist and Director
of the New York Aquarium’s Marine Mammal Research Program.
According to the researchers, the Japanese government claims that
the dolphins compete with local fishermen for limited supplies of fish
and that the drives are a type of pest control.
Act for Dolphins officials say the Japanese government encourages
the public to consume more dolphin meat, and it is also used for
pet food and fertilizer.
“The Japanese dolphin hunts are an assault on intelligent, sentient,
and emotional beings with brains that should make us all stop and think”
said Lori Marino, Senior Lecturer in Neuroscience and Behavioral Biology
at Emory University.
As much as I like Japan, this a truly dispicable practice that needs to
be stopped immediately.
Something I found interesting, that I've never heard scientists say,
is that Dolphins, just like Humans are sentient beings.
If that is the case, and I have no doubt it is, the people who are doing
this could be arrested and tried on murder charges.
[edit on 9/20/2006 by iori_komei]