The above photograph shows canned whale meat for sale in a supermarket. We are told the whale hunt is for scientific reasons but it is common knowledge that the hunt is for profit - despite the fact that many Japanese people detest the taste of whale meat and are unaware that government taxes are used to fund the yearly hunt and hording of the growing stockpile of this unpopular flesh food. The Japanese whaling ships only begun their barbaric, unnecessary work since WWII, so the excuse that the whale hunt is important due to cultural reasons is an excuse that “holds no water”. Since most Japanese who have actually tasted whale meat, do not like the taste or smell of whale meat, describing it as "tough and pungent", in an effort to reduce Japan's enormous whale meat stockpile, some local Japanese governments have begun offering whale meat in school lunches. Funding nutritionists to develop “child-friendly” whale dishes including whale meatballs, hamburgers and whale spaghetti bolognese.
Two wild Orcas have just been captured by Russian hunters to be kept for display at the Sochi Olympics (Update - Due to the public outcry regarding displaying these animals at the Olympics, these two orcas will not be put on display at the Olympics, HOWEVER authorities say they will NOT return them to the wild. They are to be sold to an "entertainment venue" like Seaworld for maximum profit. Horrendous! These two poor, highly intelligent animals, stolen from the wild. and ripped from their close knit families, will be sold into captivity and entertainment slavery, living in tiny enclosures for the rest of their natural lives and made to perform tricks to "entertain humans".)
The cruel annual dolphin hunt in Taiji cove, Southwest Japan. Local fishermen trap hundreds of dolphins in a bay, most to be slaughtered.
Each year fishermen in Taiji herd pods of dolphins into a secluded bay, where. local fishermen work with nets to divide up the dolphin pod.
The "prettiest" ones, without visible nicks or scars, are then selected for sale to marine parks and aquariums. (A very good reason to NEVER support dolphinariums and marine parks where dolphins are forced to live in a small tank and perform regularly for human entertainment. These animals are likely to have come from Taiji!!)
Those unsuitable for captivity are given a white mark and then moved to the killing cove. To kill the dolphins, fishermen hammer a metal rod into their spinal cord.
"It takes up to 20 to 30 minutes for these dolphins to die, where they bleed out, suffocate or drown in the process of being dragged to the butcher house," Sea Shepherd activist Melissa Sehgal told Reuters.
Tarps are used to hide the slaughter from the media.
If you are unfamiliar with this horrific annual slaughter, please view the Oscar-winning documentary, "The Cove".
Japan justifies this brutal annual slaughter on the grounds that dolphins are not endangered and dolphin killing is not banned under any international treaty.. Japan states that these dolphins need to be culled to protect Japan's fishing grounds.
Dolphins are amazing, intelligent and creative beings.
Here is a dolphin creating "bubble art".
"Blackfish" Killer Whales Documentary (complete film)
Film about the abuse and stress suffered by whales in captivity. Director Gabriela Cowperthwaite investigates what happens behind the scenes, and why, if most people knew the truth, we would no longer be amused by the antics these poor animals are forced to perform, or accept how these animals are kept in small confined areas for the duration of their natural life.
"Blackfish - Many of us have experienced the excitement and awe of watching 8,000 pound orcas, or "killer whales," soar out of the water and fly through the air at sea parks, as if in perfect harmony with their trainers. Yet this mighty black and white mammal has many sides -- a majestic, friendly giant, seemingly eager to take trainers for a ride around the pool, yet shockingly -- and unpredictably -- able to turn on them at a moment's notice. BLACKFISH unravels the complexities of this dichotomy, employing the story of notorious performing whale Tilikum, who -- unlike any orca in the wild -- has taken the lives of several people while in captivity. So what went wrong?"
"Shocking, never before seen footage and riveting interviews with trainers and experts manifest the orca's extraordinary nature, the species' cruel treatment in captivity over the last four decades and the growing disillusionment of workers who were misled and endangered by the highly profitable sea-park industry. This emotionally wrenching, tautly structured story challenges us to consider our relationship to nature and reveals how little we humans truly know about these highly intelligent, and surprisingly sentient, fellow mammals that we only think we can control."
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