Japan claims that the hunt, slaughter, and death of dolphins in Taiji are quick, painless, and humane. In reality though, the slaughter is not quick, the death is very painful, and the tactics are extremely inhumane.This slaughter happens directly after their ears are annihilated with noise from the banger boats banging on their poles. The fisherman use this tactic (knowing it hurts and scares the dolphins) to create a wall of sound in order to corral the scared mammals into the harbor entrance where they will either be sold to marine parks around the world, or slaughtered.
When the dolphins are in the Cove they are very stressed and agitated, which causes problems for themselves. It has been reported by both the Sea Shepherd Cove Guardians and the Save Japan Dolphins (Ric O’Barry) Team that when the creatures have been contained in the cove they sometimes begin to jump hectically in last attempts to escape. It has also been noted that they will throw themselves on to rocks trying to escape the traumatizing experience they have been through and will go through… and finally when the dolphins reach an end to this…err… madness another inhumane and morally wrong act is done. The fisherman do not make the death soon for these creatures, but usually leave them in the water to bleed out and die before they touch them.
Following this, the fisherman come out in little boats called ‘skiffers’ to capture the dolphins a second and final time. These men either tie the dolphins to the side of the boat or more often than not, sink a hook into their body causing great pain and confusion then they hoist them up into the boat where they will then take the catch to a cove that is hidden from onlookers. Here in this cove the actions are brutal, and cruel.
These actions were also revealed to the world in the Oscar award-winning documentary ‘The Cove’ (2009). However this year, the dolphin killers have made a desperate attempt to hide these actions from the world by rigging tarps to hide the overhead view of the cove from helicopters and such. Despite these efforts to hide this practice, the world is watching Taiji with a fierce vengeance for the dolphins.
I guess in Taiji’s eyes using a beings sensitive hearing against them to chase them to their death is humane. I guess in Taiji’s eyes letting them die a slow death out of stress and being beat up on rocks is practically painless. I guess in Taiji’s eyes it taking 7 minutes for a dolphin to finally die in the intentional slaughter is quick, humane, and painless.
It has been reported by Steven Thompson of the Taiji Dolphin Action Group (TDAG) that Taiji has been offered money to not kill the dolphins, offered more money than the dolphin would be worth if it is turned into meat, but the killings continue as if they WANT to kill the dolphins. Here is the direct quote as posted by Steven Thompson:
Taiji Update: 9:00pm Japan Time
Things are a little crazy down there now on what has been billed by even the police to be the last day of the year of the hunt. Dolphins may be killed at dawn…in 9 hours.
Lawyers are in play for Erwin and more people are asking for help to get to Taiji.
A few hours ago, Enson and I spoke about the large pod of bottlenosed now trapped in the Cove to ask him for help…It is very rare now, that dolphins are kept overnight…We now have this time to call Embassies. Please do so!
Enson back channeled with Dolphin Base to get the dolphins NOT killed. Dolphin Base leaders say they have tried.
Dolphin base representative states that the hunters’ union has a standing price of about 9000usd per dolphin to not get turned into meat…even though the meat is probably less than 1000usd. It sounds like overpricing on purpose to NOT get a resolution…It sounds like overpricing on purpose because they WANT to kill dolphins.
He and I both have different friends in Taiji who are often given meat by the hunters even though they don’t want it and don’t eat it…the hunters have to give it away to get rid of it, it seems.
Thank you Enson, for your openness to try.