**** The dolphin drive is NOT Japanese culture or tradition. It was not until 1969 that dolphin drives have been conducted on a large scale. The history of the dolphin drives only spans 45 years. The true reason for these drive hunts today is revenue & demand from the "Seaworlds" around the world. The metal Spike used and considered "Humane" by Japanese fisherman is anything but. The dolphins do not die immediately , some take up to 15 minutes while the dolphins writhe in agony before death comes. The fact that you do not see as much blood in the water does not make it any less painful or horrific for these self aware, highly intelligent beings.
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