Fisherman filmed holding baby dolphin underwater before slaughter in Japan’s ‘Red Cove’

Fisherman is filmed holding a dolphin calf underwater before dragging it under a tarpaulin to be killed in Japan’s infamous Red Cove

  • 147
    Shares


A fisherman has been filmed holding a baby dolphin underwater before slaughtering it in Japan’s infamous ‘Red Cove’.

The horrifying scenes were recorded in September in , a small coastal town in Wakayama Prefecture, which was the filming location for the 2009 documentary The Cove.

Ren Yabuki, Director of animal rights NGO the Life Investigation Agency (LIA), witnessed the cruel scene and estimated the calf was no more than three months old.

Yabuki, who has seen 32 juvenile killed in two years, told 9newsAustralia this made his ‘blood run backwards’.

After the diver held the dolphin underwater, Yabuki said he dragged the calf under a tarpaulin, where it was slaughtered.

Admitting that he didn’t witness the actual slaying because of the tarpaulin, Yabuki said it was likely the calf was killed by a method called ‘pithing’, which involves driving a metal rod into the dolphin’s back to sever its spinal cord.

The Japanese Government maintains that ‘pithing’ is a humane way of slaughtering dolphins but activists argue it’s impossible to ensure the animals are killed quickly.

In the cove, where swimmers and boats herd the animals into a cordon, activists say it takes several attempts of driving the pole into them to kill the creatures – all done while they’re still alive.

Fishermen can be seen herding dolphins in the infamous ‘Red Cove’ in Taiji, Japan

Dolphin-hunting season in Taiji runs from 1 September to 28 February and the event was the subject of the 2009 critically acclaimed documentary The Cove.

The feature documentary showed the herding of dolphins into enclosed water pens for which turned the sea red.

Each year the Japanese Government sets a quota for the amount of each type of dolphin which can be legally slaughtered.

For the year 2020/21, fishermen are allowed to kill 1,749 of dolphins, which include the bottlenose, rough-toothed, and false species.

The diver holds on the dolphin underwater before dragging it under a tarpaulin to slay it in Taiji, Japan in mid-September

The dead animals are either killed for their meat or captured to be sold for live trade.

The water in the cove has been turned completely red six times this year, according to animal rights NGO the Dolphin Project.

The Fisheries Agency of Japan’s ‘ Affairs Office’ told 9News in a statement: ‘Japan’s basic policy is the ‘sustainable use of aquatic living resources including cetaceans based on scientific evidence.’

‘The Fisheries Agency of Japan (FAJ) is responsible for the management of cetaceans [ and dolphins] and has conducted a series of scientific researches on cetaceans.

The diver can be seen swimming while holding on to the dolphin near the ‘Red Cove’ in Taiji Japan in mid-September

‘Based on the results obtained from those researches, it calculates and sets catch quotas for dolphin fisheries species by species every year.

‘The FAJ has closely collaborated with relevant prefectural governments for the management of dolphin fisheries, and the dolphin fisheries in Taiji has been properly done so with the Wakayama prefectural government.’

This article was first published by The Mail Online on 14 October 2020. Lead Image: Marine species in danger Pixabay.


What you can do

Support ‘Fighting for Wildlife’ by donating as little as $1 – It only takes a minute. Thank you.

 

 

Fighting for Wildlife supports approved wildlife conservation organizations, which spend at least 80 percent of the money they raise on actual fieldwork, rather than administration and fundraising. When making a donation you can designate for which type of initiative it should be used – wildlife, oceans, forests or climate.

 

close
Vanished - Megascops Choliba by Jose Garcia Allievi

Discover hidden wildlife with our FREE newsletters

We don’t spam! Read our privacy policy for more info.

Supertrooper

Founder and Executive Editor

Share this post with your friends

  • 147
    Shares


Facebook Comments

4
Leave a Reply

Please Login to comment
avatar
Irene Leggett
Irene Leggett

Absolutely heart-breaking and sickening. I sincerely hope that all that hunt, kill and eat the meat of these innocent, defenseless animals get mercury poisoning and suffer agonizing deaths. How these ‘people’ can sleep at night and look at them selves in the mirror and like who they see is beyond my comprehension. They truly are totally heartless, gutless and soul-less.

Anna Parkinson
Anna Parkinson

so disgusting to think ‘man’ could be so cruel – the least we can do is find him, keep him under water as he did that poor dolphin and be shot, nothing less

Shelly Devine

These people need to be hunted down and shot.

Karen Lyons Kalmenson

No words just tears