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Post Reply Dolphin slaughter in Japan - What are your thoughts?
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Like many of you, I've been a big fan of many aspects of Japanese culture and entertainment, such as anime, manga, and technological advances. I've always wanted to visit there and see the beautiful temples, try the foods, and experience being in the cities like I've only done through video and books so far.

But I've been horrified the last few years about the dolphin and whale slaughter that Japan supports. Many of you have heard of The Cove and Blackfish movies that talk about the capture, sale, and killing of these intelligent and absolutely gorgeous creatures.



In the last five days, they've rounded up around 250 Bottlenose Dolphins, combed through each other, injuring and killing some in the process, removed about 51 for capture and sale to marine parks, and are currently slaughtering the other 200. One of the biggest news items this time has been the capture of an albino calf, who's about a year old, and the death of its mother right after while it's confined to a concrete tank, terrified nearby until it probably sold for a hefty price.

Activists have been calling the calf Angel or Bambi:

It's now alone, possibly blind and deaf (that is still unconfirmed but common among albino dolphins and it showed many signs while still with its pod of complete dependance on its mother and pod mates), and in a concrete tank.

What are your thoughts on how this topic affects your thoughts on Japanese culture and their traditions? Also on how this news, if you hadn't heard of it before, affects your thoughts on marine parks like Sea World and so many others that make the dolphin slaughter profitable every year through the sale of the best animals.

Only click on this spoiler if you can handle more graphic pictures of what's happening in the Taiji Cove the last few days:


Knowing what is happening to those incredibly intelligent beings is very sobering and makes me feel somewhat guilty for supporting Japan through other means until this terrible practice is ended for good. Please share your thoughts about this!
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I can send anyone links on international articles that have come out this week denouncing the slaughter and imprisonments and answer any questions I may know the answer for. I worked and interacted with wild dolphin rescues before so I can attest to their amazing minds and natural gentleness towards the humans that work with them.
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QAQ Noooo...not the dolphins and whales...! *hugs them* Please don't kill them
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this is something that completely disturbs me. It seems so counter to what Japan has always stood for. I don't understand how they can justify this. I don't understand why they want to hide behind something they referred to as 'lawful' when it isn't ethical. there is no reason for them to do it and it brings unnecessary suffering into the world. I find it horrifying and disturbing.
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Meh. Doesn't bother me.
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I don't like it, but everything's got a dark side.

Not that this is okay in my book, but if it's within the law, they can't be punished for it. Is there a Japanese branch of PETA? Someone call dem up, because even though PETA tends to be asinine, dis is da real deal.
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did u know dolphins rape?
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speed671 wrote:

did u know dolphins rape?


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that blood red water.... wow O_o
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Really don't care, of course when it comes to a point where they may go extinct, that's when I get a little worried, but that in itself is inevitable for any species on this earth, if we think about the expansion rate of humans that's what you should get worried about, the animals around the globe are doomed if we continue at this rate-.-
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Do you find this worse than the mass slaughter and consumption of other animals?
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Humans are the top of the food chain. As long as they are doing it legally, I don't have a problem with it. If they are poaching then that's when we have problems. People will say as long as it's within the law that's such a cop out, but look we all gotta eat it's a job end of story. If you have enough to pay them so they stop they probably will, but someone else will see profit in the operation and continue it. Welcome to the real world kiddos.


Humansizedcats wrote:

Do you find this worse than the mass slaughter and consumption of other animals?

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I don't support the mass slaughter and consumption of other animals. That is why I've been vegetarian/vegan for the last twenty years. And while I do think all lives are valued, highly intelligent wild animals with close, family ties are pretty high on my personal list of unacceptable slaughtering methods.

Take the white calf they imprisoned. It is possibly blind and deaf, as many albino dolphins are, and was separated and manhandled in nets and carried by fisherman to a nearby concrete tank. It's mother, who was constantly by its side for the past year of its life, spy hopped for a half hour looking for her missing calf, before disappearing under the water not to be seen again. Those witnessing and videoing this happening said she either gave us and committed suicide in the water or was under the water and was hit by one of the boats and drowned. Dolphins and whales usually live with their immediate family for their entire lives, especially when they have physical handicapped like this young calf does they are calling Angel or Bambi.


And yes, I knew about the dolphins being able to rape. Most animals have been known to do that on occasion. The dolphins caught on video and made famous for this were delinquent males that were kicked out their pods and captured a female they would not let leave and tried to impregnate her.

Did you know some adolescent male dolphins also bite and pass around puffer fish to get high? They do many of the same things as humans, except are much smarter when it comes to interacting with us.

During one of the marine rescues I was involved with, we worked with rough tooth dolphins, which are a deep water, rarely seen species. Within hours of the beached dolphins being moved to a rescue cove, they knew how to interact with the people far better than the staff knew how to work with them. By the time I got in the water, about 24 hours in to the work, they were testing me with different games, dares, and a couple of the healthier ones were faking sickness so we would hold them. They even knew to hide their tags on their dorsal fins so wouldn't identify the troublemakers and let them go. They knew how to play with me yet never hurt me with their fins or tail fluke, always moving it at the last moment to avoid the fragile human playmates. It was an incredible experience.
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Well I know I can't do sh*t about it, but what I can do is express my feelings towards dolphin slaughterers.

To dolphin slaughterers,
"F**K YOU"
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