Senseless Savagery: Taiji Fishermen Slaughter 98 Dolphins

Eyewitness Tim Burns calls today's Cove killings 'a brutal disregard for life.'

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Bloody sea water
The waters of Taiji, Japan will no longer run read this hunting season. (Photo: Tim Burns)

On the first day of what is expected to be the last week of the 2011-2012 dolphin-hunting season in Taiji, Japan, 26 fishermen killed 98 Pantropical spotted dolphins in the waters of the notorious inlet.

Writing on Save Japan Dolphins, Cove Monitor Tim Burns described the day’s events as “awful, unbearable, heartbreaking, unfair, and stupid.”

Based on statistics found at Ceta-Base, today’s haul represents the most dolphins killed during this drive-hunting season. The previous high occurred on January 5, when 45 striped dolphins were slaughtered.

With the stench of death fresh in the air, Cove star Ric O’Barry rallied the troops in a post on the Facebook wall of Save Japan Dolphins:

Despite today's tragedies in Taiji, the number of dolphins killed in the Cove has been declining ever since we began maintaining a presence there. Demand for dolphin meat has been falling, and the fishermen are feeling pressure from people around the world. None of this work would be possible without the support of dedicated dolphin lovers around the world.

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God, please lay your hand over this cove and protect the life of these beautiful creatures from this continuous senseless act of cruelty. Please bless these dolphins and remove them from this hell. I beg you to please help save the gift of life you have given these animals and lead them to a safe haven. God, please here my prayers for the animals. They need your guidance and help from the abuse of mankind. You are their only chance of hope. Amen
God, please lay your hand over this cove and protect the life of these beautiful creatures from this continuous senseless act of cruelty. Please bless these dolphins and remove them from this hell. I beg you to please help save the gift of life you have given these animals and lead them to a safe haven. God, please here my prayers for the animals. They need your guidance and help from the abuse of mankind. You are their only chance of hope. Amen
this is so disturbing and disgusting that human beings like this are allowed to be apart of this world. Why can't we for the love of animals,take these killers, toss them in a net in the ocean and give them the same fate as these beautiful dolphins. Why do our leaders allow this kind of slaughtering to continue. Why do we as supposedly compassionate human beings, take the lives of animals for profit. These creature were put on this earth by God and we destroy his beautiful gifts to us. We are killing our planet and our beautiful creatures who blessed us with their presence. I hope each and everyone of these so called human beings die a horrible death sooner then later.