DawnWatch: Dolphin slaughter covered in UK Sunday Mirror — 17 September, 2006

September 18th, 2006 3:49 pm by Kelly Garbato

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From: DawnWatch – news [at] dawnwatch.com
Date: Sep 17, 2006 4:47 PM
Subject: DawnWatch: Dolphin slaughter covered in UK Sunday Mirror — 17 September, 2006

While the US press ignores the issue, the UK’s Sunday Mirror, September 17, carries a shocking story, headed, “Slaughtered.” The subheading is, “They’re friendly, intelligent and out kid’s dram of swimming with them. So why are thousands of dolphins still being slaughtered?” (p 23)

It opens:

“They’re rounded up in nets and left to grow weak before the knives come out and the sea churns red. The slaughter of the dolphins has begun…Twenty-five of the most friendly, intelligent creatures known to man – the gentle mammals our kids dream of swimming with – were driven into a lagoon at Taiji, on Japan’s south-east coast, last week. After an exhausting day-long chase, a handful of the best specimens were picked to be sold to marine parks. The rest of these gentle animals faced an agonising death, killed for their meat, taking 10 minutes to die.

“Over the next six months around 20,000 dolphins will be butchered. Of them, 2,000 will suffer at the hands of Taiji’s ‘drive hunters'”.

Clare Perry, of the Environment Investigation Agency, describes the slaughter:

“It is unbelievably brutal and inhumane to slaughter such intelligent animals like this. Boats surround the animals and the hunters bang long metal poles under-water to create a wall of sound that disturbs their sonar and confuses them.

“The boats push the dolphins into a small lagoon where they are trapped by nets. They are then left for a night or two – they’re strong animals and the hunters want to tire them out.

“They are harpooned from boats while some men jump into the bloody water with big knives to cut their throats. Sometimes they’re hooked and lifted out of the water while still alive.”

Then we read information that I urge you to share with anybody who would ever consider paying to see or swim with dolphins captured for human entertainment. We read:

“The annual dolphin cull has been a tradition in coastal villages for centuries. But wholesale prices for dolphin meat have plummeted to just pounds 1 a kilo as fears over pollution levels have turned Japanese consumers against tinned dolphin. But the grisly trade has been sustained by lucrative sales of live animals to marine parks…”

The article also describes the misery of captive life for those dolphins who are spared from slaughter.

It also tells us about the international day of protest this coming Wednesday, September 20, and directs readers to http://www.eia-international.org or http://www.marineconnection.org to learn more.

The article is on the Sunday Mirror website at http://tinyurl.com/s6fou.

The Mirror advises: To have your say about a story, email mailbox [at] mirror.co.uk.

And please take just a moment to thank reporter Gary Anderson for the coverage: gary.anderson [at] sundaymirror.co.uk.

Those in the US can learn more from Sea Shepherd (http://www.SeaShepherd.org). And Sea Shepherd’s website advises,

“This protest is being coordinated by Ric O’Barry of One Voice. For more information, please visit: http://www.earthisland.org/.”

You may wish to give your local paper a call, or send a letter to your editor, about the dolphin slaughter and protest, with the suggestion your paper cover it. Generally letters to the editor are sent in response to stories in the paper, however, some smaller papers publish close to 100% of letters they receive and will not exclude a letter about a current event just because the paper had not yet covered it. Also, please remember that any article mentioning the use of dolphins for entertainment provides a great opportunity for letters about the annual slaughter and how we support that slaughter with our entertainment ticket purchases.

Don’t hesitate to ask me for help if you have any trouble finding the correct email address for a letter to you editor. Always include your full name, address, and daytime phone number when sending a letter. Remember, shorter letters are more likely to be published; and I am always happy to edit letters.

Yours and the animals’,
Karen Dawn

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