What people don't realize is that the majority of the money made from these drive hunts is from the sale of captive dolphins to aquariums and swim with dolphin programs all over the world. A small percent actually comes from the sale of dolphin meat --- which by the way is basically toxic to eat since the mercury levels are so high. The majority of Japanese people don't even eat dolphin meat...and it's used for dog food and manure. If people want the hunt to stop the focus needs to be on cutting off the money maker --- stop supporting swim with dolphin programs and aquariums.
And to those being critical of people combatting the argument from Japan that it's culture --- it's the capture and sale of live dolphins that clearly is NOT culture and that's funding these larger hunts.
Also, their capture and slaughter process is completely inhumane. They slaughter by driving a metal rod into their spinal cord and it can take up to 30 minutes before they die. These are sentient beings that live with their families their whole lives and are proven to have emotions and self awareness. Watch a live feed from Cove Guardians or watch the cove and it's undeniably inhumane.
There's so much wrong with Japan's barbaric practice. We have far too much knowledge about dolphins to have this behavior continuing in this day and age. I'm happy to see celebrities speaking out...whatever it takes to get the word out.
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