A still from footage secretly taken of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan.
Over 200 dolphins were captured in just one of the many ‘rounds’ these fishermen will do throughout the next few months. These dolphins will spend a third night without food or rest in Taiji Cove before the fishermen likely start to slaughter them Monday for meat. Until now, the fishermen have focused on selecting dolphins to be sold into captivity at marine parks and aquariums in Japan and overseas. The dolphins earmarked for slaughter include those with nicks or markings which make them less desirable as captives.
Dolphin meat, also sold for consumption in Japan, contains dangerously high levels of mercury and other toxins. Unaware to locals, the dolphin meat is sold in with regular seafood, meaning the population is unknowingly being slowly poisoned.