Reports have immerged from Japan that over 200 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the cove in Taiji on December 12, with 25 slaughtered and over 100 selected for transportation to aquaria.
These dolphins were traumatically separated from their family groups or killed in front of them. During the six day process photographic evidence reveals a number of injuries were inflicted on the dolphins as a result of being run over by skiffs or hit by propellers, and some of those involved were seen watching dolphins that were suffocating underneath tarpaulin covers and nets.
The first dolphin hunt of the season occurred on September 7th, where approximately 20-25 pilot whales were driven into the killing cove in Taiji. Since then, and including this recent hunt, nearly 300 dolphins (striped, bottlenose, and Risso’s) and pilot whales have been killed in the hunts, with over 140 being taken alive into captivity.
Despite some activity by activists, the hunt looks set to continue until Spring 2013.
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