Why do the Japanese kill dolphins

International - The Fate of the Dolphins in Japan: Death or Captivity

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Fishermen in Japan are currently hunting dolphins again and animal rights activists around the world are in a storm. One of the main reasons for hunting: The international demand for dolphins is great.

Japanese fishermen have once again driven around 250 dolphins into Taiji Bay south of Tokyo. Dolphin trainers sort out the most beautiful specimens on behalf of domestic and foreign dolphinariums. The fishermen take advantage of the great international demand. "The fishermen earn most of their money when they sell dolphins to dolphinariums," says Martin Fritz, a journalist in Japan.

Do not film

The rest of the animals are slaughtered, shielded behind large plastic sheeting so that the fishermen cannot be filmed or photographed while killing the animals. Most of the meat from the killed animals is sold locally. You can't get dolphin meat in a normal Japanese supermarket, says Fritz. The Tokyo government considers it legal to catch and kill dolphins, and local fishermen are also defending their work. The government allows driven hunts and gives out catch quotas. According to this, fishermen in Taiji and some other places are allowed to kill up to 20,000 dolphins and other small whales between September and March. Dolphin hunting is also part of Japan's tradition, according to the government.

Hope of the opponent

The animal welfare organization Pro Wildlife contradicts this. In contrast to whaling, dolphin hunting only started a few decades ago. Hunting for dolphins has only been done on a large scale since the 1980s; since the decision of the whaling moratorium. There is hope for those who oppose dolphin hunting: If the current generation of fishermen die out, this controversial custom could end again, says Fritz.

Criticism from the USA

The new US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, criticized the "inhumanity" of the dolphin killing. The Japanese-American artist Yoko Ono, widow of the Beatles singer John Lennon, also spoke up. In an open letter to the fishermen in Taiji, she called for an end to the killings. The slaughter damaged Japan's international reputation.

The governor of Wakayama Province, where Taiji is located, responded to the criticism. It is “not appropriate” to claim that just hunting dolphins is inhuman. He referred to the slaughter of cattle and pigs.

Taiji's celebrity

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Taiji Bay was made famous by the Oscar-winning documentary "The Bay". The underwater photographer Louie Psihoyos documents the slaughter of the dolphins. Right-wing nationalists prevented this film from showing in Japanese cinemas.

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  • Comment from Daniel Jost, 8700 Küsnacht
    While all eyes are understandably looking at Japan, Switzerland is home to 4 out of 7 organizations that are either at the root of this genocide or do not speak out against it: 1) World Association of Zoos and Aquariums WAZA (waza.org) 2) c / o International Union on the Conservation of Nature IUCN (iucn.org) 3) Convention on the International Trade in Endangered Species CITES (cites.org) 4) WWF International (panda.org) During this time, our Federal Council is probably courting Abe in Davos.
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  • Commentary by Marcel Chauvet, Weißenstadt
    Otherwise, the atrocities committed on animals attract slightly less attention. Anyone who witnessed the tortures committed on animals at slaughterhouses in Muslim countries, for example in Africa, will feel nausea even after years of thinking about them, if not worse.
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    1. answer from Beppie Hermann, Bundey
      In some places Europe has also reintroduced shafts in the name of certain religions. Anyone who has seen these videos of chasing rituals will never get them out of their heads for a lifetime. In Switzerland, poultry shelters are also allowed! The question now is why is / may still be slaughtered without anesthesia or who is lying, those who reintroduced the manholes or those who, such as the CH, import halal products!
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  • Commentary by Pablo Peta, Kriens
    I also avoid dolphinariums and zoos with exotic animals. shame on you Japan!
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