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It’s Slaughter Time in #Taiji again.  Migrating Family of Risso’s Dolphins Slaughtered in The Cove | Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

TAIJI, 9/21/17: After 15 days where no dolphins were slaughtered or taken captive, today, things changed for the worse. At 5:30 a.m., 12 banger boats left the harbor in search of migrating dolphin pods. Three hours later, at 8:25 a.m. hunters spotted their prey. It’s always sickening to watch the boats fan out. If the…

Source: Migrating Family of Risso’s Dolphins Slaughtered in The Cove | Ric O’Barry’s Dolphin Project

In India Dolphins have been given non-person rights.

In 2012

Dolphins should be treated as non-human “persons”, with their rights to life and liberty respected, scientists meeting in Canada have been told.

Experts in philosophy, conservation and animal behaviour want support for a Declaration of Rights for Cetaceans.

They believe dolphins and whales are sufficiently intelligent to justify the same ethical considerations as humans.

Recognising their rights would mean an end to whaling and their captivity, or their use in entertainment.

Science has shown that individuality – consciousness, self-awareness – is no longer a unique human property. That poses all kinds of challenges.
Ethics Professor Tom White, Loyola Marymount University of Los Angeles

The move was made at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) in Vancouver, Canada, the world’s biggest science conference.


What sort of society does what those in #Taiji do?

The Taiji drive hunt of dolphins and other small cetaceans is a dolphin drive hunt that takes place in Taiji, Wakayama in Japan every year from September to March, including pilot whaling, which lasts a month longer. The hunts are argued to be a part of Japanese culture,

however, have only started since 1969

. Annually, an approximation of 22,000 small cetaceans are killed using the methodology of drive hunting, taking place in the waters of Japan.[1] The term “Dolphin drive hunting” also known as “the drive fishery,” refers to the act of driving or herding cetaceans, specifically into coves, conducted for the following reasons: providing income for local residents, they are seen as pests by local fishermen and are competition in the livelihood of fisheries, a source of meat for human consumption, and locally and internationally provide live cetaceans in the business of marine parks for human entertainment purposes.[2]



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