Why Are Japanese Killing Dolphins

Why Are Japanese Killing Dolphins – The Dolphin Project can confirm that the dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan for the 2021/22 season ends on March 1. During the six-month hunting season, our collaboration with the Life Research Agency (LIA) led by expedition director Ren Yabuki and a team of Japanese adventurers provided continuous photography to document driving and other events. it happened

To mark the start of the dolphin hunting season, an unprecedented number of Japanese activists demonstrated in Taiji for Japan Dolphin Day – a global event launched by the Dolphin Program to raise awareness about dolphin hunting. annual. Signs condemning the killing and consumption of wild dolphins for sale in captivity can be seen all over the city. At the same time, the activists of Japan, the mayor of Taiji, Kazutaka Sangen, brought posters and letters from the people of the world expressing their concern about how the dolphins are being mistreated.

Why Are Japanese Killing Dolphins

“We have never seen dolphin cruelty like the LIA volunteers have witnessed over the past six months. We have collected data on all chases, kills and migrations during the 2021/22 dolphin hunting season. This document will be used to help educate and clarify the reality behind this hunt.” ~ Ren Yabuki, Director of the Life Research Agency

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To this day, even after years of witnessing and documenting the brutal poaching in Taiji, the level of dolphin cruelty in this small town is astounding. Many species of dolphins of all ages are subjected to torture, suffering and exploitation, killed for meat or captured for commercial consumption. As in previous times, all schools of dolphins were destroyed. The young crew members were separated from their slain parents, thrown into the sea, alone, their fate is not revealed and their number is hidden from the quota allocated for this season.

In addition to the flags, dolphins and other cetaceans have been reported to have been caught in a set net fishing system five times in 15 months. they were deliberately drowned. In a recent example, Riss’s dolphins were caught in the nets and their tails were pulled together, and one hit his head on the side of the boat while hanging on the surface of the water. This season, the set of nets was slightly modified, probably due to the large number of dolphins and whales caught. Although these species cannot be targeted in nets, fishermen are allowed to catch them if the mammals cannot be safely removed without damaging the nets.

On January 16, a tsunami wave hit Japan, destroying many waterways. The hunters spent the next five days working on the pens. The fate of the dolphins in them is unknown.

“As poachers continue to kill schools of dolphins through fishing, the number of dolphins seems to be decreasing. Thus, the actual catch rate decreases in proportion to the increase in the catch limit. As a result, hunters are very impatient this season, hunting dolphins at the end of the day and using some inappropriate baits” ~ Ren Yabuki, Director of Life Research Agency

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The Kuroshio current (black current) has been popular in the past few seasons, bringing large yellowfin, striped marlin and other species to Taija. Although the exact impact on dolphins is not known, we see fewer catches, possibly due to pressure on the species from hunters and/or trappers. (For example, during the 2020/21 season, no more shortfin tuna were released in the sea, and only 44 fish were released this season, which represents less than half of the hunting season. ).

On September 20, a group of 21 ships were detained at night before being slaughtered, and some were taken hostage. Credits: LIA/

Sea turtles destroyed after tsunami hits Japan, fate of dolphins in them unknown, 1/16/22. Credits: LIA/

A school of humpback dolphins is brutally driven into the sea, where they are slaughtered for meat, Taiji, Japan, 1/28/22. Credits: LIA/

Taiji’s Dolphin Drive Hunts End For Season

This season there are a total of 42 red bays (where dolphins were killed or caught) and 139 blue bays (where no dolphins were killed or caught), including five species of dolphins. We estimate that 498 dolphins were killed, while 65 were kidnapped. Many others have died from driving, and the number has never been recorded. Although they are listed in the number, no Pacific white-sided dolphins, false whales, spotted dolphins or toothed dolphins are caught or killed.

Several times this season the LIA team has worked with Japanese citizens (including new, young and experienced activists) to help them learn more about Drive Hunts. With this knowledge, more than 45 people will continue their activism throughout Japan. In addition, LIA conducted educational zoom interactions with Japanese students. Since the Japanese government and media have long prevented the public from understanding poachers, these represent important steps to empower Japanese citizens with education in an effort to help protect dolphins. Surfing’s entry into the 2020 Olympics has created a lot of excitement in some quarters, but the biggest elephant in the room is Japan’s abhorrence of whales and dolphins.

It was disappointing to see my time filled with teams making it to the ISA World Championships, which coincided with the announcement of the Dolphin Massacre marking the start of the Taijia Massacre. I’m happy for the team, but it’s sad to see the pictures of the pod of dolphins being treated and killed so humiliatingly near the beach. Dolphins die a long, cruel and painful death.

While some are ready to take advantage of the event, many surfers, including Japanese, are thinking of something else. In a Facebook poll in December, we asked whether the ISA and WSL should boycott the 2020 Japan Games to protest their whale policies. Out of 3500 votes, 90% said “Yes!”

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“Growing up in Byron in the 60s and 70s, I grew up thinking that surfers were the main protectors and guardians of the ocean. Surfing is more than a sport, it’s a spiritual connection. I’m very disappointed that the introduction of surfing at the Olympics in Japan of all places. So think about this, next year when all those surfers are competing for medals at Taiji Beach, they’re going to kill the geniuses, the dolphins intelligent in the most disgusting, ruthless way. And from their shores, they will defeat the whales, the exploding heads will destroy the whale’s intestines. I will not watch the Olympic Games and I call on all sea lovers and their inhabitants let them do so.”

The Taiji hunting season runs from September to February as long as the fishermen have a permit. Hunting is allowed in Taiji. Across Japan, the country’s Fisheries Agency allows the killing or capture of about 16,000 species of cetaceans a year, including dolphins, whales and minke whales. Japan has also brought back commercial whaling. (Norway and Iceland also hunt whales.)

The marine animals are said to have been forced into the sea by a ‘wall of sound’, designed to confuse the dolphins, before the entrance was closed with nets. Then they were arrested or sent away in a brutal manner.

Are surfers still protectors and protectors of the ocean? Should we use this as an opportunity to live on earth and protect the oceans and the amazing creatures we are lucky enough to have?

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Many surfing clubs around the world are looking at the $$$s brought in by the Olympics and the sponsorship of the sport, and some good ones will gain from this financial growth, but I can’t help but feel that in long term U ‘ The image and culture of surfing will be further improved when surfers take a position.

We asked the ISA and WSL Pure for comment and clarification of the rules, but did not receive a response.

While some say that sports and politics should not be mixed, we believe that sportsmen and women are good role models, so they should have their voice.

What do you think? Surfing with dolphins has to be one of the best things in the world, right?

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*For added measure, we should also point out that the British and European fishing industry is not entirely responsible for the dolphin deaths.

Several dolphin carcasses have been found off the coast of France this winter. 90 percent of dolphin deaths are caused by accidental entanglements in industrial fishing nets. The reason for the jump that started three years ago coincides with the ‘hake fishing’ which has been given the spotlight after a long hiatus three years ago.

1,100 mutilated dolphins have washed up on the French coast since January. ‘Blame the fishing industry.’ The numbers are the highest in 2018 in just three months. During Taiji’s annual dolphin hunt seen here in 2014, around 1,000 dolphins were killed for their meat. Some are selected for sale to water parks.

Twenty dolphins were killed in the southwestern Japanese city of Taiji on Friday, just as the annual beach festival began.

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