In southern Japan, precisely in Taiji Bay, dolphins are sinking into the nightmare once again. These poor mammals will be hunted to be eaten or captured and then locked up in water parks around the world. But above all to be eaten.
This year the specimens that can be legally hunted will be over 1800. For some years, the bay has been fenced with barbed wire and is manned by guards to ward off those who want to document the atrocities. Since September 1, the day the cetacean hunt officially began in Japan, volunteers from the non-profit organization Dolphin Project have been showing the world the atrocities of how dolphins are suffering.
The authorities of the port city of Taiji, in the western part of the Japanese archipelago, reports the Dpa, have inaugurated a temporary police station that has the task of keeping an eye on any protest actions organized by the circles of activists fighting for well-being of these animals.
Japan is fiercely defending the hunting of whales and dolphins, the latter hunted in particular for their meat, although the demand for specimens to be exhibited in dolphins has increased, said Sandra Altherr, a German animal rights activist from the Pro Wildlife organization.
A trained dolphin can be worth up to 50,000 euros. Dolphin Prject wrote on Facebook: "Today on the second day of the 6 month long hunting season, 9 Risso's dolphins were removed from the ocean in an unimaginably torturous way.
Ren, Director of LIA could hear them laying on the beach taking their last breaths as they were pithed (the process of sticking a spike behind their blowholes, documented to not be very effective and causing great suffering).
All nine bodies came out from under the tarps, dragged by their tails to the fisherman's union to be butchered. Risso's dolphins are usually found in groups of 3-10 often grouping together with dolphins of the same sex and age. This family unit has been removed from nature forever. RIP September."