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Japan town presses on with annual dolphin hunt.

Von: abc (abc@123.cl) [Profil]
Datum: 11.09.2009 16:27
Message-ID: <20090911-142705.40.0@abc.shawnews.vc.shawcable.net>
Newsgroup: soc.culture.usa soc.culture.japan alt.animals.dolphins alt.animals

Japan town presses on with annual dolphin hunt


September 11, 2009


Japanese fishermen riding a boat loaded with slaughtered dolphins.


Picture:
http://www.canada.com/technology/Japan+town+presses+with+annual+dolphin
+hunt/1979729/story.html


TOKYO  A Japanese coastal town has gone ahead with its controversial
dolphin hunt, shrugging off protests from animal-rights activists,
local officials said Thursday.

Fishermen in Taiji town caught about 100 bottlenose dolphins and 50
pilot whales on Wednesday, in their first catch since the fishery
season started on September 1, Wakayama prefectural official Yasushi
Shimamura said.

They plan to sell about 50 dolphins to aquariums nationwide and release
the remainder back into the sea, while the whale meat will be sold for
human consumption, an official at a local fishermen's cooperative said.

The town's annual dolphin hunt drew international attention earlier
this year after the release of award-winning eco-documentary 'The
Cove', in which a team of film-makers covertly covered the event in
graphic detail.

After the film's release, the Australian coastal city of Broome ended
its sister-city relationship with Taiji to protest the hunt.

Town officials said they would not slaughter any of the dolphins caught
on Wednesday, but denied it was due to international pressure.

"We didn't release the rest of the dolphins because there have been
protests against dolphin hunting from animal rights activists," said a
fisheries cooperative official, who declined to give his name. "From
the viewpoint of resource control, we've been occasionally releasing
them on our own judgement in the past."

Hunting dolphins and small whales is not prohibited by the
International Whaling Commission's ban on commercial whaling, but
Japan's Fisheries Agency restricts the practice by handing out annual
quotas to several fishing towns.

This year, Taiji was allocated a quota of about 2,300 small cetaceans
including dolphins, prefectural official Shimamura said. Cetaceans are
largely- hairless aquatic mammals, such as dolphins, whales and
porpoises.

The southwestern Japanese town has strongly defended its tradition of
hunting whales and dolphins.

"People in Taiji, as well as Wakayama prefecture ... hope that animal
rights activists understand the cultural difference between them and
us," Shimamura said.



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