Sept 1, 2013 –Montreal animal advocate Christelle Baccigotti gathered activists to join in support of the campaign organized by Save Japan Dolphins & Save Misty. More than 20 fervently spirited supporters of the end of the massacre that occurs each year in Japan distributed flyers with information about the killing and trapping of the dolphins. The weather favored the advocates and although it was hot, it did not prevent them from their task: educating the masses. This is the first time that Montreal participated in the event.
According to the eventleo page, there were a total of 117 events around the world trying to spread the word about the unjust and violent murder of hundreds of dolphins slaughtered in Japan. The so called “fishing” that occurs from Sept 1 until the end of March, is not only to slaughter the dolphins for their meat, it is also the way in which many aquatic theme parks obtain the dolphins. This is to enslave them into captivity and force them to perform doing tricks in shows. It is reported that those that are deemed as “show quality” are sold for upwards of $150,000 USD. “In the U.S. alone, dolphinariums represent an $8.4 billion industry.”
Those that are not selected for performing are inhumanely killed, and a deceased dolphin can bring in about $600 USD compared to the thousands of dollars made by a performing dolphin. The fishermen try to reduce the loud cries of the suffering dolphins with sound barriers. Not only sound barriers try to silence the desperate cries for help. The Japanese government stands behind this practice and calls it an act of cultural heritage. Yet, they do not promote the dangers of consuming the marine mammal. “ The Japanese government intentionally shelters people from the dangers of eating their contaminated flesh. Consumers of dolphin meat run the risk of mercury poisoning due to high levels of the toxin within the animals. Adding to this danger, much of the pricier whale meat they purchase is actually mislabeled toxic dolphin meat.”
International law provides no protections against the killing of dolphins, and other slaughters occur in places outside of Japan. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) affords no protections for 71 (out of 80, known) cetacean species, including all dolphins and porpoises, which is why Japan and other countries can legally kill them by the tens of thousands.
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