400,000 Dolphins & Counting

1.) Dolphins are not farm animals — they are wild animals. 2.) Dolphin meat has 200 ppm mercury, some dolphin meat has 2,000 ppm! (That would mean acute toxic poisoning). The Maximum (government) advisory level is 0.4. The message: Dolphins are not food! 3.) Studies of dolphin intelligence indicate it is secondary only to our own. In fact, their neocortex is “more highly convoluted than our own”. 4.) Some of the populations hunted are rare or endangered. 5.) Do we need to prove that dolphins are intelligent to be against such shocking animal cruelty?

“Unlike previous years, Taiji has been setting some of the captured dolphins free, probably because of the growing pressure, West said.

The village also has not killed any bottlenose dolphins, the same species as Flipper in the 1960s US TV show. Instead, the victims have been risso dolphins and pilot whales, which are also dolphins but don’t have the distinctive pointed noses of bottlenoses, West said. No bottlenose dolphins were caught on Monday, he said.”

“The town has also been trying to draw tourists to see its aquariums, where visitors can play with captive dolphins.

The Japanese government allows about 20,000 dolphins to be caught each year, and defends the hunts as traditional and argues that killing dolphins and whales is no different from raising cows or pigs for slaughter. Most Japanese have never eaten dolphin meat and would find the idea unappetising.”

‘Japanese village kills dolphins’
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/japanese-village-kills-dolphins/story-e6frfku0-1225937858596

“More than 400,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales have been killed in Japanese waters over the last 20 years.

The Government of Japan still allows more than 22,000 small cetaceans to be killed each year in unsupervised hunts around the coast of Japan. Some of the populations hunted are rare or endangered, others are threatened or in decline from overhunting.”

‘More than 400,000 dolphins, killed in Japanese waters’
http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/more-400-000-dolphins-killed-japanese-waters

“Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.”

‘The Cove’
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/

‘Save Japan Dolphins’
http://www.savejapandolphins.org/

‘The Cove PSA – My Friend Is…’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k62kc07m1Dc&feature=player_embedded#at=107

‘Japan Scientist Warns of Mercury in Dolphin Meat’
http://www.bluevoice.org/webfilms_mercurydolphins.php

‘Dolphin Intelligence Explained’
http://news.discovery.com/animals/dolphin-intelligence-explained.html

12 October, 2010

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