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Dolphin drive hunts
The most infamous drive hunts take place in the Faroes and Japan. The Japanese hunt is one of the biggest slaughters of whales and dolphins in the world, yet many of Japan’s own people don't know the hunts take place.
The drive hunt season in Taiji, Japan runs from 1 September through to April or beyond. Curtains are pulled across the shoreline to hide the killing process from the public (shown in the images above). Dolphins suffer extreme pain and stress and many dolphins selected for transportation to marine theme parks die of shock before they are taken away.
WDC obtained undercover footage behind the curtain and we commissioned a veterinary analysis of the method used to kill the dolphins. The science proves what we could see - these hunts are beyond cruel, they are utterly inhumane. You can see some of the footage here, but be warned - it is extremely upsetting.
During the 2014-15 season, nearly 800 dolphins were killed in Taiji. An additional 80 individuals were selected alive for captivity.
Quotas have been set for the 2015-16 season in Taiji allowing hunters to slaughter 1,873 dolphins. Over 900 bottlenose and striped dolphins may be killed, along with hundreds of other spotted, Risso’s, pacific white-sided dolphins, false killer whales and short-finned pilot whales.
We are calling on airlines to stop carrying live dolphins, and especially those captured in the cruel Japanese hunts. As the demand from countries such as China increases, we need to break the chain by stopping the transport of these dolphins.
WDC works on many different levels to end dolphins hunts. Read more about our approach in this feature from our supporters' magazine, Whale & Dolphin.