Dolphin ‘drive hunting’ season begins in Wakayama whaling town

Dolphin ‘drive hunting’ season begins in Wakayama whaling town

TAIJI, WAKAYAMA PREF. – This year’s dolphin-hunting season kicked off Tuesday in the whaling town of Taiji, in Wakayama Prefecture, using a traditional “drive-hunting” method that animal-rights groups at home and abroad say is cruel. The controversial hunting technique, in which fishermen herd dolphins and small whales into a cove where they can be killed […]

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Norway’s barbaric slaughter of hundreds of majestic minke whales casts a shadow over its proud, wealthy and enlightened outlook

Norway’s barbaric slaughter of hundreds of majestic minke whales casts a shadow over its proud, wealthy and enlightened outlook

On the quayside in the picturesque Norwegian village of Andenes, the crew have been preparing their ship for the start of the new season in three days’ time. The engines have been serviced, the wooden meat-cooling pallets have been lifted on to the deck and the deadly exploding harpoons have been loaded. This weekend the […]

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At Japan’s dolphin hunt, a struggle between local traditions and global anger

At Japan’s dolphin hunt, a struggle between local traditions and global anger

TAIJI, Japan – A line of eight boats came into view just below the horizon. A pod of about a dozen dolphins broke the glassy surface off Taiji, the center of Japan’s annual dolphin hunt, which continues despite international outrage. Fishermen banged on semi-submerged poles to create an underwater wall of sound, driving the dolphins […]

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