Japan slaughters dolphins under cover
January 22 , 2014
Japanese fishermen managed to wrap up their annual dolphin slaughter in the middle of protests and reports suggest that about 500 bottlenose dolphins were involved. The number is higher than usual but Sea Shepherd Conservation Society continues to stick to the claim that only 250 dolphins were taken into the cove.
Just like all the other times, some animals were killed and some were sold to aquariums. According to a local fishermen's union, less than 100 dolphins were either killed or sold and the rest were released. However, Sea Shepherd said that many of the released ones will "die at sea from the last 4 days."
Horrific scenes of the incident have been described but the Japanese government has shrugged off all criticism. "Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," a government spokesman said.