We all know of the dolphin drive hunt that takes place in Taiji, Japan. But what some people do not know are the ties between the Marine Captivity Industry and this drive. Though the majority of the dolphin captures are marketed and sold to the public, it is a very small market. The quota for the entire country of Japan is 23,000 dolphins, and less than 1% of this country eats it. So how does this work out? Wheres the logic and whats the catch? If less than 1% percent eat the meat from this multimillion dollar (still talking about the entire country) hunt, how can they possibly make profit?
There you go. They do not. The profit made from the Taiji dolphin hunt is not made from the meat being sold to the public, or the slaughter part of the hunt at all. The only reason at all for these hunts to even exist in today’s world is the ties between the Marine Captivity Industry and the Hunt. To be quite blunt, the glorified Sea World, Marine Land, and Sea Aquariums around the that keep cetaceans captive, and put them in shows, are the reason dolphins are hunted in Taiji.
Every morning, trainers from Marine Parks around the world go down to the shores of the Cove where the hunt takes place, to pick a specimen of choice, often staying and helping with the actual hunt itself as well. So these trainers that have such deep love for these mammals, or as they make the world believe, are actually participating in the hunt… In the boats, with the fisherman, ultimately making the choice of which one will live or die, and if they don’t die they are enslaved. Feeling the love?
The parks that send these trainers to the Taiji, usually pay from 150,000-300,000 dollars on a single dolphin. To put this in a bit more of a perspective, a dolphin slaughtered and put on the market for its meat sells for about 600$. So, the money is coming from the aquariums. Ironically, the fisherman of Taiji make around 1,000,000$ on their slaughtered catch that is sold to the less than 1% of Japan that eats it. One Million. But, it has recently been reported that security for the Cove has been hired for 1,500,000$. 1.5 Million. Safe to say why.
When I was younger, my school took a trip to Gulf World, my local marine park. Back then I honestly had a blast watching the dolphins do their trained behaviors. The flips, the spins, the twirls… since then though, I have learned the truths behind captivity and today I do not support them in any way.
The ties between captivity and the hunt is definite and has made it clear that marine parks are nothing but another big name industry exploiting animals for money that the government just wants to protect.