Japan consumes a lot of dolphin meat. For me that is a fact that is hard to believe. I heard on the news today that small villages in Japan have been spending the last few days ‘harvesting’ thousands of dolphins for meat. I’m not sure why, but this kind of makes me sick. My kids love dolphins, my wife swam with them, and I’ve always thought that their sentience was sort of unique in the animal kingdom. I would never consider them food.
Other people have other ideas however. In order to bring them close to shore they bang metal pipes under water that mimics their sound. They come close to shore. From boats, ‘fishermen’ stab dolphins knowing that family groups won’t leave injured dolphins behind. They pull them out of the water and cut their throats so they bleed to death. It all seems very inhumane. I know that’s a word normally reserved for humans. But in this case I feel it applies.
I found some footage on how the whole thing happens. It is VERY graphic. I wouldn’t recommend watching unless you have a strong stomach.
I guess my question is why? Why eat them, when there are so many other options. And if you’re going to eat them, could you not find better ways to kill them, that don’t cause pain, hurt entire families of dolphins, pollute the oceans so badly?
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