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Facts about Dolphin Hunting



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The sad reality of Dolphin hunting is not only tragic but in humane and very disturbing. These beautiful creatures are hunted around the world and viciously killed. In some countries such as Peru these creatures are killed invicious ways. Here are some of the countries and locations and how they are hunted and killed I must warn anyone before reading this if you are a dolphin lover this may be very disturbing to read.

Dolphin drive hunting, also called dolphin drive fishing, it is a method of hunting dolphins by driving them together with boats and then into a bay or onto a beach. Their escape is prevented by closing off the route to the open sea using boats and nets. Dolphins are hunted this way in several known places around the world. The largest number of dolphins that are hunted using this method is in Japan, however the practice also occurs on the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands and Peru.

Dolphins are mostly hunted for their meat; some are captured and end up in dolphinariums.In Japan, the hunting is done by a selected group of fishermen.When a pod of dolphins is spotted, they're driven and scared into a bay by the fishermen while banging there metal rods in the water to scare and confuse these dolphins. When the dolphins are in the bay, it is quickly closed off with nets so that the dolphins cannot escape.

The dolphins most of the time are not caught and killed immediately, but instead left to calm down over night since they cannot move around they loose energy and become weak. Then the following day, the dolphins are caught one by one and killed. The killing of the animals used to be done by slitting their throats, but the Japanese government banned this method and now dolphins may officially only be killed by driving a metal pin into the neck of the dolphin, which causes them to die within seconds they claim. This ban has not seemed to have been enforced though, as eyewitness reports of similar throat-slitting and evisceration style killings were reported up to date.

Occasionally, some of the captured dolphins are left alive and taken to mainly, but not exclusively, Japanese dolphinariums. In the past, dolphins have also been exported to the United States for several parks including the well known SeaWorld parks, however this stopped after the US National Marine Fisheries Service refused a permit for Marine World Africa USA to import four False Killer Whales caught in a Japanese drive hunt. Countries are still importing dolphins from the Japanese drive hunts in recent years include China and Taiwan.

At least 1,000 dolphins per year are killed illegally by fishermen along the Peruvian coast, according to the Peruvian nongovernmental organization Mundo Azul meaning ("Blue World"). Their meat is sold on a growing black market, and Mundo Azul has collected reports of dolphin meat being sold in various fish markets in cities along the coast as well as in restaurants in Lima. Despite the controversial nature of the hunt resulting in international criticism and the possible health risk that polluted meat causes, still many thousands of dolphins are caught in drive hunts each year and are still being killed.

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