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Terrified Dolphin Throws Himself at Man’s Feet to Escape Hunters in Japan
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Are they endangered? Are they killing them for food? I don't understand the issue, here.
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Like I say, humans and animals should be treated equally. So, we can kill both of them if needed, like for food or if they're a danger to others.
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I'd rather be a short-lived fried chicken than a miserable wage slave. Who says humans are better off than animals? All of you in suits are no different from livestock. The only thing protecting you is your blissful ignorance, and that goes for animals too.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Are they endangered? Are they killing them for food? I don't understand the issue, here.


Some are endangered, and nobody knows why the Japanese are killing them, apart from those who aren't suitable for live export--
The traditional coastal towns claim it's "traditional" food, but nobody in urban Tokyo has ever heard of the practice, dolphins eat enough tuna with slight traces of mercury to be downright toxic in themselves, and a deliberately rebellious stunt for a hunting town to serve dolphin meat in the local school, to show how "traditional" it was, was later struck down by the regional government after public outcry.

The documentary "The Cove" covers most of this territory, if you don't mind that the main activist hero happens to be a major jerk.
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Did they put it out of it's misery?
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Ejanss wrote:


HolyDrumstick wrote:

Are they endangered? Are they killing them for food? I don't understand the issue, here.


Some are endangered, and nobody knows why the Japanese are killing them, apart from those who aren't suitable for live export--
The traditional coastal towns claim it's "traditional" food, but nobody in urban Tokyo has ever heard of the practice, dolphins eat enough tuna with slight traces of mercury to be downright toxic in themselves, and a deliberately rebellious stunt for a hunting town to serve dolphin meat in the local school, to show how "traditional" it was, was later struck down by the regional government after public outcry.

The documentary "The Cove" covers most of this territory, if you don't mind that the main activist hero happens to be a major jerk.


Thanks for the info. Appreciated. So, what I am gathering is that they are NOT suitable for food, due to the mercury levels, and therefore there is little excuse for killing the animals, even if it is traditional.

Clearly the hunters are making money from it somehow, so I'd be interested to know who the main consumers are. That would clear up some things, too. Like, if it is a tuna company passing dolphin off as tuna, that's a problem, especially considering the mercury levels.

Not really concerned with them being killed, otherwise. Unless they are endangered.


Oh, and there is always the possibility that the dolphins are being killed because they are a nuisance. They could be putting a dent on the local fish population.

This happens. For example, we have a terrible hog problem in East Texas. They just breed too darned fast.... wreck crops, push out other animals, eat food that other animals depend on.... like digging up squirrel's food storage in the ground. And you have to kill 80% of the hogs annually just to maintain the same number of hogs. So, we kill those suckers all the time, and usually don't use them for food.

That's what happens when you introduce invasive species.
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Posted 9/17/15
This is relevant
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HolyDrumstick wrote:

Are they endangered? Are they killing them for food? I don't understand the issue, here.


Yeah. They're being hunted for food. I recommend watching a documentary called the cove. I usually don't recommend one sided documentaries, but the research stands in my opinion.

Lol my bad, I just saw another user answer the question.

As for the food thing, they're being sold with other meat....think fish sticks. More filler.
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As for the food thing, they're being sold with other meat....think fish sticks. More filler.


See... that I am not cool with. I want to know what I am eating. Not sure dolphin is something I would want.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:


PruBenAzul wrote:
As for the food thing, they're being sold with other meat....think fish sticks. More filler.


See... that I am not cool with. I want to know what I am eating. Not sure dolphin is something I would want.


Exactly. And that's the bigger issue.
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HolyDrumstick wrote:Oh, and there is always the possibility that the dolphins are being killed because they are a nuisance. They could be putting a dent on the local fish population.


That's also another reason, among fishing towns--
Big tuna companies now use dolphin-safe nets, but the smaller local fishermen aren't fond of the playful intruders, and looking for any excuse to put a positive spin on predator control.
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I wouldn't be surprised if this is akin to our "cash for clunkers" program, a government funded way to earn some extra cash for no real reason.
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That's so sad. Dolphins are wonderful animals, and so much smarter than people even realize. :(

The killing of dolphins in Taiji, Japan has been going on for a long time, so it's almost like a custom for them. It breaks my heart to hear about such amazing creatures being slaughtered like that ...

EDIT: A percentage of the dolphins killed in Japan are sold for their meat, while others are sold on the live market to places like Sea World and swim with the dolphin encounters.

And just FYI, dolphin meat is HIGHLY toxic with elements such as mercury, so it really should be illegal to sell for consumption simply for health reasons. But unfortunately that's how a lot of people make their money in the dolphin business.
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Don't they still use endangered sea life for crackpot "medicine" in Asia? That poor creature…

Dolphins are such gentle and beautiful animals. Baffles me as to why people to this day would kill them.
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