Should Japan Stop Its Annual Dolphin Hunt?
Should Japan Stop Its Annual Dolphin Hunt?

A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt Monday, a day after U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice.

Should this practice be stopped or kept for the sake of tradition? 


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  • konspikuous

    They’ve no viable reason to keep it for reasons of tradition. Coupled with the fact that, the dolphins are poisoned on a food supply that is tainted with heavy metals…they are consuming a product that with make people sick, and selling an animal to an aquarium whose health is going to fail.

    But pragmatism aside…it is a horrid act of brutality and cruelty. The things that they do, separating babies from mothers, bludgeoning loving, sentient beings for profit…is beyond sickening, beyond infuriating, it flat out makes one want to bash in some human skulls and see how those monsters like a taste of their own.

    • TapestryMood

      Well stated…..on all points. I am glad Caroline spoke out, too. She could have emphasized your first paragraph points for those who are incapable of responding to the inhumanity of the actions.

  • Cynthia W.

    This article is distressing. I was upset when I heard about the dolphins brought to the waters around Iraq to help hunt for mines. I love dolphins, but of course, I can’t have one since my tub is too small. However, they are the gentlest of creatures, and should be protected from mankind.

  • Denni A

    ‘tradition’????….show us the historical records where dolphins were being harvested for Aquariums and Amusement Parks.

    this is unmitigated violence against another species, not only is it a senseless plunder of resources that could actually serve to benefit mankind and the planet but, even more profoundly, when we choose to dismiss and ignore the suffering of non-human animals at our own hands we damage the humanity in our souls. if we are to call ourselves ‘civilized’ this must STOP NOW.

  • Pony

    Step one is to make the sale of a wild caught dolphin for aquariums or parks illegal , we can start with our own country.

    • Denni A

      also educating the public how they contribute to this slaughter when they patronize venues and resorts that have whales and dolphins as exhibits.

      • Pony

        Education is the best starting point. We can’t realistically force Japan to stop harvesting dolphins within their own country. The idea is to educate globally and let Japan itself impose the ban.
        The rest of the world can start the process by outlawing the purchase or capture of wild dolphins.

  • BungeeCord

    I admit that I have a significant bias that stems from feeding wild dolphins by hand when I was much, much younger. It was an experience that I will never forget. Dolphins are much more ‘human’ than humans are in many ways. I can’t imagine harvesting them as a food source because to me it just seems worse than cannibalism.

    • OnyxE

      I don’t think feeding dolphins makes you biased….it probably makes you know more about dolphins. And it is not just dolphins…all animals are much more like humans than most people think. The problem always is most people have never interacted enough with wild animals to get that.

      • Pony

        Interaction with wild animals often leads to them being destroyed.

  • Denni A

    CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 is going to be interviewing Ric O’Barry tonite on this matter.
    Caroline Kennedy is the one who has made this an International issue.

    the 2016 Olympics are going to be in Japan, there needs to be a two year international information campaign directed at this abomination.

  • Gin1234

    What is missing in some human beings that they enjoy doing this, and/or don’t see anything wrong with it? Is it the lack of progression through the phase of childhood during which the ability to feel empathy for another being is developed. I think that the people who actually do it, and organize it, are worse than people who have no real knowledge of what is behind it, and what it looks like up close. The more the everyday person knows about, and actually sees pictures of what is done to animals, the more possibility that they will back away. Education helps in that way, but others who are involved up close in it are just plain hollow human beings

    • Denni A

      it seems to be more prevalent in extremely poor societies where human life has no value and those of animals are even less and it just gets passed on from generation to generation. China and India are just now beginning to develop animal welfare and protection laws (being influenced by the West), they are where we were 50-60 yrs ago.

      • Pony

        You should seriously meet some of my relatives . From the farm animals to their own cats and dogs they are little more than things.
        And I’ve spent my life working in horse rescue. Lots of the animals I’ve rehabbed were not victims of poverty or uneducated members of society. There is something deficient in human beings that see no wrong in animals suffering.
        I’d like to see a breakdown of the fishermen participating in the slaughter as to how many would like to find a better way to earn money or find it something they’d rather not do but participate for economic reasons.
        the fine the last case I worked on was several hundred dollars. That was the punishment for at least 6 months of starving their horses knowingly with the idea that when they died they could just run the backhoe and dispose of the evidence.
        At any time they could have legally went out and dispatched them with a gun or called the country instead they watched them starve.

        • Denni A

          we have more than enough of our own animal atrocities right here in this country. all we can do is keep up the fight and be vocal on their behalf. more and more are becoming aware across the globe.

  • Denni A

    it appears the hunt has come to end, don’t know if it’s for the entire season or just this one day. most likely the international outrage along with Kennedy’s condemnation has pushed to gov’t to intervene, I hope so.

    Tokyo, Japan (CNN) — The annual slaughter of bottlenose dolphins in an infamous Japanese cove ended Tuesday.

  • OnyxE

    It’s disgusting and should be stopped. ‘traditionally’ people have done a lot of horrible or unfair things, tradition is NEVER an excuse for anything.

  • Coco

    Of course it should be stopped. This is one tradition I would be horrified to keep going. Replace it with something positive for dolphins or other animals.

  • takawalk

    If it is being done solely for the sake of tradition of course it should
    be stopped. If it isn’t for survival or to meet basic needs they have
    yet to find a replacement for, then I would go with what Coco said. They
    should start a tradition of doing something to befriend these creatures
    that have so long been a part of their survival.
    As someone on the coast who has always thought of Dauphins as a beautiful sight to see and
    never as a source of food, I find the practice sickening. Yet I have often enjoyed hunting and fishing.
    I have heard two sides to this debate in the past, some do not think of it as a tradition, but rather as a means to provide for their families. Most people include meat in
    their diets, So do Dolphins, they too sometimes use herding methods to
    feast on schools of fish

  • malta123

    Should Japan Stop Its Annual Dolphin Hunt?


  • Toastman

    Yes they should. They also need to stop catching sharks, slicing their fins off and dumping them back into the ocean like trash. Respect the Earth. Put the ancient traditions in the history books.

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