Japanese fishermen, backed by the country's government, are slaughtering thousands of dolphins off the coast, while ignoring both international protests and concerns over contaminated dolphin meat being sold to the public.
Between October and April, some 16,000 to more than 20,000 of the animals are killed in the annual hunt, in Taiji and other Japanese fishing towns, often cruelly stabbed with knives, hooks and lances.
The mass slaughter goes ahead with the backing of the government, but without the majority of the population being aware of it. Part of the marine mammals' flesh is sold in Japan, despite warnings of high-level mercury contamination, animal rights activists said. More...