Japanese Opposition to Taiji Dolphin Slaughter Grows


Domestic Japanese opposition to the now infamous “traditional” dolphin hunting the town of Taiji is known for has experienced a considerable upsurge, thought to be due to the influence of “The Cove.”

In fact Taiji now appears to be the major issue facing its backwater prefecture of Wakayama – the prefectural government reports complaints about the fishing of dolphins are now the most numerous type of letter it receives, making up some 20% of the total and dwarfing the number of letters about such humdrum subjects as prefectural administration and roads, the other major topics of correspondence.

Fortunately for Wakayama politicians, it looks unlikely they will have to do anything in response – most of the criticism comes from other parts of Japan, and the prefecture itself is still best known for supplying much of the nation’s mikan and plum crop.

Prior to the release of “The Cove” it appears few Japanese were even aware that dolphins were eaten in Japan – hardly surprising considering the tiny scale of the catch or the sheer insignificance of a rural fishing town of some 3,000 inhabitants, tucked away on the coast of a prefecture of only a million.

Though Taiji has been defiant in the face of international and domestic criticism, it seems economic factors are dooming the dolphin meat industry – dolphin is only eaten in a few localities, and the fact that the meat is barely edible due to heavy metal contamination has meant steadily increasing restrictions on sale and use due to health concerns, frustrating the town’s dubious ambitions of becoming a dolphin meat processing hub.

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    Comment by hALOTOO
    10:30 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Whoa! a sea of blood,what a disturbing picture

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:49 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't mind hunting of animals if they're meant to be eaten, but toxic meat and literally seas turning into blood is too much.

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    Comment by moebius22
    12:03 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Looks like the Japanese are catching the Western disease of good animal bad animal.

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    Comment by moebius22
    12:06 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    That toxic meat BS was created by the environmentalists to persuade non-whale meat eaters that eating the meat is bad. If the meat were truly as bad as they say, Norwegians and Japanese would be dieing and getting sick by the hundreds. It doesn't happen, therefore the toxic whale meat argument is BS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:43 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The Japanese government has its own standards for mercury levels in seafood, and it is Japanese government labs which have discovered that mercury levels in dolphin meet greatly exceed those standards. It is the Japanese government which warns against pregnant women, and children eating dolphin meat.


    However, due to fear of political fallout, these Japanese officials, particularly those Taiji politicians, are too afraid to act.

    You do not hear of a new wave of mercury poisoning, because the Japanese do not study it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:46 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh wow, that's like the warnings for tuna here- big deal.

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    Comment by moebius22
    23:17 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "But he conceded that eating too much dolphin meat could be "dangerous."

    LoL. Eating too much of any type of meat is likely dangerous. Red meat, poultry, fish, whale meat.

    Whales like tuna have higher levels or mercury- who would have thought.

    QUESTION: How come their isn't a tuna is "toxic waste" campaign going on in the U.S.?

    I know *ding* *ding*.

    ANSWER: Eating tuna in moderation is OK, becuase it's a fish. On the other hand, eating Shamu in moderation is impossible, because we all love the adorable whales.

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    Comment by 21149315
    06:11 27/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Are you that unaware of how many "stop overfishing" campaigns have been going on in the USA?

    It has nothing do with what someone finds cute. It has to do with how constantly hunting one animal will effect the environment.

    People also factor in that some fish breed faster than others, fish in general breed faster than whales.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:47 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What about the Norwegians? I guess their covering it up too...right?

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    Comment by Azure Xuchilbara
    09:01 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Damn, I wonder what dolphin sushi taste like...

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:34 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    God are you Otakus so pathetic, that you can't disagree with anything that comes from Japan. Yes we may have no problem slaughtering cows for meat, but why are the Japanese so gluttoness that they have to eat every animal on the face of the ocean. Disgusting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    And you're so pathetic because you're arguing with them. I hope they keep killing the dolphins just so the hippies and ecofaggots keep getting their panties in a twist.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:37 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Gluttonous? Japan is not the nation of overweight and obese people, and compare the meat intake of the US and Japan. Then look at Japan and the US on a map, including how much is mountainous, to decide which country is suitable for raising livestock. Traditional Japanese ate vegetables off the land and creatures out of the oceans because that is what they have.

    It was Westerners seeking oil on the world's oceans in industrial ships, not traditional Japanese, who hunted whales to near extinction. Neither was it these coastal fishermen killing millions of dolphins (look it up since you obviously do not know of such matters) while fishing for tuna. These Taiji fishermen are killing about 3,000 dolphins a year, because they intend to use them, in addition to those they keep alive to sell to foreigners for their dolphin shows and dolphin experiences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:05 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Here's The Cove so you can form your own opinion: http://www.megavideo.com/?d=N6VPCHTX

    I mostly disagree with the way (and amount) they're killing and the lack of concern for the levels of mercury in it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:04 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Could we tone down the Japan bashing please? We're talking about what some fishermen do in otherwise total secrecy in a town of 3,000. Even the filmmakers of the Cove make it clear that ordinary Japanese do not know, and get a visceral response when showing people on the street clips of the footage they got through stealth and spy equipment. Have you heard of or seen the dolphin hunt in the Faroe Islands where it is exactly the same, except by white people and in the open? Where's your outrage now?

    That said, I am against this dolphin hunting because of high levels of heavy metal contamination (many fish also have heavy metal contamination) and sometimes passing the meat off as whale meat.

    That's all. Dolphins are not endangered. Their "smile" is not real. People kill billions of animals for food. This is no less humane than factory farming and assembly line slaughter of cattle, pigs or chickens who never have a chance to live free. In the US, animals are tortured to get them into the slaughterhouse and sometimes processed (like cattle being skinned) while still alive. But people here aren't concerned, as long as their meat is delicious.

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    Comment by Endersgame
    05:29 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Don't give me that BS, unless you're not talking about America or other countries that are as "high class", the cow is dead before they start doing anything to it. I mean you shove a pike through your brain and see if you live. Now if your talking about some second or third world countries OK sure I could see that but then I could also excuse it as they don't have the technology where as Japan is a first world country and should be easily able to kill things almost instantly so that they don't suffer but they chose not to and that's what makes it sick and wrong. It is in no way humane and is in fact disturbing that people can kill like this to let them bleed out to die. Now as for those other countries in which this is taking place perhaps they should be taught or shown how to kill them humanely and then no biggie as long as that's how it gets done.

    Comment by Anonymous
    12:29 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    You're a fucking idiot. Go watch some videos on turkey slaughter and try learning more about how your own country actually works before you judge others.

    Comment by Dark Mage
    14:56 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (-0.2)

    Those turkeys are killed quickly usually via beheading so it's over very quickly.
    They may kick around but that's due to how their nervous system is organized.
    Also a turkey is not too smart as far as animals go while a dolphin is at least on par with a five to seven year old child.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:28 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Obviously you know nothing of factory farming in the US. Try learning before you talk.

    So you think bleeding something out to die is inhumane? Or causing them pain? Exactly why you should learn about how animals are killed in the US, or how they are processed while still alive.

    Comment by Anonymous
    03:24 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dayum that's a lot of blood

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:16 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Was this after the 2nd impact? the water looks so red

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:31 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    They'll oppose dolphin slaughter but not whale slaughter? Japan is fucked up.

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    Comment by 21149315
    06:09 27/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Watch Japanese waters become like the Yangtze River in China.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    02:44 28/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Holy shit! So much blood!

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:59 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Hiroshima, Nagasaki... will there be 3 time and its done by whales and dolphins !

    If not Green peace will do it.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:11 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I understand they don't want to give up on an industry they've committed to but if health concerns and complications are bringing them down anyways the logical thing to do would be to quit while they're still ahead.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:40 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "and the fact that the meat is barely edible due to heavy metal contamination"

    It's Steel type Pokemon Artefact probably a 5th gen..

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:37 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Fucking "documentary films".
    They tend to do more harm than good.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:11 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    20:49 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I don't give a damn 'bout whales so you can go and hug a tree!

    Comment by Anonymous
    10:18 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you troll

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    Comment by DFC
    19:13 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    What a bunch of sheep to be swayed by such simple means.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:33 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Killing any animal for eating/production purposes is fine with me as long as they are not endangered.

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    Comment by Fuhrer
    20:29 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Mmmm delicious humans....

    Comment by flood
    19:35 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    and who the hell are you?

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:42 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I am anon ofcourse. A meat eating human was has no problems with cows dying for his enjoyment.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:43 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    then by your flawed logic its ok to eat people. When is the last time you are a chimp burger?

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    Comment by smorki
    06:01 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Isn't choosing which animals are "right" or "wrong" to eat based on their brain capacities a little too perverted?

    You're either OK with killing animals for food or not. Choosing your favorites and allowing only them to live is... zoonazism. "All animals are equal but some are more equal than others," much? >.>

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    Comment by smorki
    05:25 26/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I bet people taste like chicken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:47 25/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Probably the last time that he wanted to get AIDS.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:57 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    not to mention of course the 'little' fact that these animals are also one of the few that kill just for the fun of it right? Along with chimps and man. Yup. That sure is some smarts we share.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:23 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A neet eating humans you said?

    Fucking neets.

    But the disregards for the intelligence of animals here is appalling, dolphins can actually understand language, not just commands but symbolic construction through syntax, this is an animal you can calmly tell you are going to kill them with a smile, and they'll understand you, but the potential for cruelty only make it more delicious I guess.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:02 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    A person return from the Wild i think.

    Comment by H-Ero
    19:10 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    But if they stop hunting dolphins then how will they be prepared for when the dolphins try to reclaim the land? I bet they'll wish they hunted more dolphins once they're floating on a couch out in the ocean.

    Comment by flood
    18:57 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    F*ck you whale!! and F*ck you dolphin!!!

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    Comment by Riiku
    20:35 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Why eat them if this is unhealthy? Beats me

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:58 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because it tastes good? Why eat anything? Why eat cake or cookies or any of the other shit that's unhealthy but tastes good?

    Why are people being such pussies about eating meat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    FUCK YEAH!!!!

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:17 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    fuck you vegetarian anda fuck you vegan!

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    Comment by ranivus
    16:33 01/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Yeah but they have huge levels of sugar. Instead of mercury poisoning and dying a fairly quick death, you're doomed to increased weight, poor health, possibility of diabetes and cancer.
    Fish is good, fish is healthy. Like they said, they've been fishing dolphins for 1000's of years. Obviously it can't be THAT bad for you.

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    Comment by Sylar
    19:13 03/05/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it is. And sugar isn't bad. Our body needs sugar too. It only harms you if you don't know how to stop and eat ten fucking cakes a day. But mercury is in a completely different league.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:45 25/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    dude, cake and cookies don't normally have mercury levels so high that you can barely eat them. Hell they don't have any mercury levels. At all.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:46 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    When there is healthier and possibly much tastier meat they could eat?

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:09 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Like whale meat.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:26 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Half the things the world eats are because at some point they were starving and this got them through and now it's tradition keeping it going.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:06 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Tilapia tastes good and is a junk fish that's not healthy.

    Japan needs to realize that environuts are going to hate them no matter what they do. I hear crying from vegetarians and vegans all the time because everything in Japan has meat in it.

    Stop eating dolphin if you just don't like it anymore. Don't stop just to appease crazy people.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:19 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Everything in Japan has meat in it" and I was wondering why they are so fat and unhealthy. Wait, that's not Japanese right?

    Comment by Dark Mage
    15:17 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually it depends on what it is fed and how clean the farm is in fact good quality tilapia is very healthy.
    Just avoid China raised fish and it's safe.

    Of course any fish will be junk food if it's deep fried.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:54 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    No no.. Dolphins f*ck you.

    Just ask Bo Derek who nearly got molested by one during the '80s during a film shoot.

    And there have been other cases with male Dolphins seeking to be amorous with human females.

    As for the Whale Copulation...
    Dude, if humans have trouble surviving with Dolphins already, then their chances with whales are even more slim.


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    Comment by Tex_Arcana
    21:10 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Anything that would molest Bo Derek in the 80's is alright in my book.

    But then again, my book is very short, and has lots of pictures.

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    Comment by Myballz
    10:19 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can't believe you remember her?

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:44 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Pictures? woooo hooo! Horay for pictures. They is makinz boukz more interestinz then those....well what ever they are i will learn it one with a picture. More pictures for all.

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    Comment by Tasche
    19:03 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, classic....that episode is the best...but its actually the chicken and the cow!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:21 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    haha, classic... its cool how you like... point out the joke!

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    Comment by basilio
    19:33 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    "Chicken and cow used poor dolphin and whale as a scapegoat?! THIS IS OUTRAGE!!"

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    Comment by Darkrockslizer
    01:56 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    The good source [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GosClBN6rzk]

    for those who don't know where this phrase came from.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:10 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    chiken and the cow?.... chikenn and the coww!!!!! :@!!!

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    Comment by denn
    00:22 24/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)

    Thats better. Now their "normal like us."

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    22:26 23/04/2010 # ! Neutral (0)


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