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Hunting Dolphins | uploaded by 2stopthisvote5
This is the first video we saw of the hunting, and since then it has been used as a reference for the project. The footage was taken at the Futo Port in Japan, October 14, 1999.


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Secret film will show slaughter to the world | The Japan Times Online:
• Sunday, March 30, 2008
• covert operation finally exposes Taiji’s annual dolphin horror
• 2,500 dolphins slaughtered
• $5 million major documentary feature film financed by Netscape founder Jim Clark
• story of how this film of the barbaric killing and subsequent butchering of dolphins was made — together with the resulting sale of their meat that massively exceeds Japanese and international limits for mercury content — is told here, exclusively, for the first time anywhere in print:

• first, hunter boats from the Taiji Isana Union (numbering at most 13 skiffs, with two crewmen each) head out to sea and surround pods of dolphins or pilot whales (which are actually large dolphins)
• after these animals have spent a night supposedly relaxing in the netted-off capture cove (in an attempt by the whalers to make their meat more tender), they are driven to the neighboring “killing cove”
• there, behind huge blue tarps strung across the cove to keep prying eyes away — in much the same way that Japanese police cordon off crime scenes — the dolphins meet their gruesome predawn end

aquarium operators, some of whom have claimed to be saving dolphins’ lives by selecting a few as performers, pay up to $150,000 per animal

• the brutal selection process, though — as shown in the OPS footage — causes many of these highly intelligent marine mammals to die of shock or drown

• one of the officials OPS filmed was Taiji City Councilman Junichiro Yamashita, who organized certified tests on local dolphin meat bought from retail outlets in the town
• the shocking test results revealed mercury and methylmercury levels that were 30 and 16 times, respectively, above advisory levels set by the Health, Labor and Welfare Ministry
• as a result, Yamashita hastily distributed newsletters to Taiji residents warning them to avoid consuming the meat — which he called “toxic waste”

• now, though, the focus is on the meticulously planned $2.5-million covert operation — the cost of which is estimated to double by the time of the film’s projected release in June

• from their base in Boulder, Colorado, the OPS group made six trips to Wakayama Prefecture, where they were constantly followed by local police and stalked and harassed by Taiji “whalers”
• despite this, their mission was successful
• their high-tech film gear was covertly inserted in the “killing cove” and extracted 16 times thanks to the efforts of the film’s assistant director, Charles Hambleton, and three members of the OPS team
• their hidden, high-definition (HD) cameras successfully recorded the horror that unfolded behind Taiji’s blue tarps
what they saw was beyond their belief

• captured dolphins were filmed writhing in pain as Taiji whalers speared them repeatedly or cracked their spines with spiked weapons
• stricken dolphins are also shown thrashing about wildly, blood pouring from their wounds until they finally succumbed
• meanwhile, a number of dolphin trainers and officials from the Taiji Whale Museum are shown cooperating in the slaughter — some even laughing — as the killing cove’s bloodied, ruby-red water swept round into the adjacent capture cove

• but perhaps the most iconic scene is one in which a baby dolphin leaps to its death on the rocks after its mother is killed. this really was a surreal and incredibly sad sight to see

• with funding from billionaire conservationist Clark, the team was able to use the most sophisticated equipment money could buy
• some of those cameras were encased in fake rocks sculpted out of high-density foam by movie-model makers with Kerner Optical (formerly George “Star Wars” Lucas’ Industrial Light and Magic Shop)
• these disguised cameras were strategically positioned inside the killing cove

• “an official, who represented Mayor Kazutaka Sangen, said they were concerned about Westerners showing blood in the cove — that it gave the town an evil look.”
• Psihoyos says he told the officials he would not show blood in his film — if they allowed him to position two cameras at the entrance to the cove and to interview the whalers
• after mulling it over, though, both officials and whalers cut off contact with Psihoyos and denied him permission to film near the cove
• as well, they demanded that he should restrict footage showing blood — apparently fearful that barbarous images may lead to their drive hunts being banned

• in this volatile atmosphere, local police warned the whalers and their supporters off any repeat of violence or threats of violence such as had happened before
• in fact, Nigel Barker, a former Australian resident in Taiji, says he was threatened with bodily harm for providing The Japan Times with details of the whalers’ brutal methods
• in another incident, Psihoyos said he, too, was threatened by whalers, who said, “We will kill you”

• amazingly, though, after their talks broke down and the OPS people were leaving their final meeting with Taiji town officials, they were given a detailed map of Taiji, red-lining areas where filming was restricted
• this map became a precious tool for planning the group’s covert ops over the next year

• but their major challenge was figuring out how to insert and extract their “rock cameras,” underwater cameras, hydrophones and hidden microphones without being detected
• Psihoyos contacted Ric O’Barry, who captured and trained dolphins for the 1960s TV series “Flipper,” asking for his help in detailing the whalers’ routine during drive hunts

• O’Barry, head of the international Save Japan Dolphins coalition, had monitored the drives in Taiji for more than five years, and he agreed to be the point man for OPS

• O’Barry was already hated by the whalers for his activities, including bringing the media to Taiji to film the brutal drives
• in fact, he tells how whalers greet him with throat-cutting gestures when they see him there

Read rest here…

Passive Research

Dolphin drive hunting – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:
• also called dolphin drive fishing
• method of hunting dolphins and by driving them together with boats and then usually into a bay or onto a beach
• their escape is prevented by closing off the route to the open sea or ocean with boats and nets
• dolphins are hunted this way in several places around the world
• the largest number of dolphins are hunted using this method in Japan, however the practice also occurs on the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands and Peru
• dolphins are mostly hunted for their meat; some are captured and end up in dolphinariums
• despite the highly controversial nature of the hunt resulting in international criticism and the possible health risk that the often polluted meat causes, many thousands of dolphins are caught in drive hunts each year

Drive hunting in Japan
• Striped, Spotted, Risso’s, Bottlenose most commonly hunted
• Striped Dolphins now endangered that area
• Japanese Government allows a catch quota of around 3000 dolphins annually
• Japanese town, Taji, notorious for drive hunts
• only town left in Japan where where drive hunting still takes place on a large scale
• Taiji is stepping up on its dolphin slaughter programs, having recently been approved an estimated ¥330 million for the construction of a massive cetacean slaughterhouse
• an effort to “popularize the consumption of dolphins in the country”
• this comes after another highly debated issue concerning the fact that Taiji is hoping to expand its school lunch programs to include dolphin and whale meat, despite recent discoveries of mercury and methylmercury over ten times the limit imposed by the Japanese Health Ministry

Japanese’s Hunting Method
• in Japan, the hunting is done by a select group of fishermen
• when a pod of dolphins has been spotted, they’re driven into a bay by the fishermen while banging on metal rods in the water to scare and confuse the dolphins
• when the dolphins are in the bay, it is quickly closed off with nets so the dolphins cannot escape
• the dolphins are usually not caught and killed immediately, but instead left to calm down over night
• the following day, the dolphins are caught one by one and killed
• the killing of the animals used to be done by slitting their throats, but the Japanese government banned this method and now dolphins may officially only be killed by driving a metal pin into the neck of the dolphin, which causes them to die within seconds
• this ban has not seemed to have been enforced though, as eyewitness reports of similar throat-slitting and evisceration style killings were reported as late as October and November of 2006

Protests Against Japanese
• protest and campaigns are now common in Taiji
• 2003, two activists were arrested for cutting fishing nets to release captured dolphins
• they were detained for 23 days

Hayden Panettiere
2007, American actress Hayden Panettiere was involved in a confrontation with Japanese fishermen as she tried to disrupt the hunt
• she paddled out on a surfboard, with five other surfers from Australia and the United States, in an attempt to reach a pod of dolphins that had been captured
• the following confrontation lasted more than 10 minutes before the surfers were forced to return to the beach
• the surfers drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police

• Taiji’s fishery cooperative union argues that these protesters:
• “continue willfully to distort the facts about this fishery”
• and that protester’s agendas are:
• “based neither on international law nor on science but rather on emotion for economic self-interest.”
• some of the animal welfare organisations campaigning against the drive hunts are:
• Sea Shepherd,
• One Voice
• BlueVoice
• the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
• the World Society for the Protection of Animals

• Japan has pressured the United States to declare Sea Shepherd a terrorist organization, while Sea Shepherd claims that Japan violates their treaty obligations to the International Whaling Commission by killing Pilot Whales

EzineArticles | The Truth About Dolphin Drive Hunting?:
• Saturday, March 1, 2008
• Phillip Strong
• dolphins are one of the most amazing mammals on the planet but yet their population is declining. It’s shocking to think that these magnificent creatures are still being hunted today in 2008.
• there are a number of organizations that just will not stop this murderous business. This company’s are mainly Japanese but also practices that occur in Peru the Solomon and Faeroe islands
• these people mainly employ the hunting method of dolphin drive hunting
• this is the dolphins are rounded up into bays, alcoves, and beaches were their escape route is blocked of so they can’t escape

Read rest here…

Japanese Dolphin Massacre – by Dannii:
• Friday, November 23, 2007
• After driving pods of dolphins into shallow coves, the fishermen kill the dolphins, slashing their throats with knives or stabbing them with spears. Thrashing about, the dolphins take as long as six minutes to die. The water turns red with their blood and the air fills with their screams.

• During the hunting season the fishermen of Taiji killed 1,165 dolphins:
• 444 Striped dolphins
• 197 bottlenose dolphins
• 102 Pantropical spotted dolphins
• 293 Risso’s dolphins
• 117pilot whales

• In that same period they captured 78 dolphins for sale to dolphinaria:
• 67 bottlenose dolphins
• 6 Risso’s dolphins
• 5 pseudo orcas
• 12 false killer whales

Read rest here…

Active Research

Dr Elizabeth Taylor, NUS MMRL:

• believe that dolphin drive is not necessary
• an issue of national pride

• event takes place in shallow waters
- expect to hear a lot of reverberations
• there is going to be a lot of other environmental noises
- shouts
• engines (only heard when boat moves!)
• dolphins experience what we would interpret as being in a disco with fire and all the doors locked; huge chaos
• dolphins lost at the end of the day: the result – dolphin sushi

More Videos

Futo Port, Shizuoka, Japan, 1999 | uploaded by EIAInternational

Hayden Panettiere A Hero to Dolphins | uploaded by poperojones

Japan Resumes Whale Hunting 19/11/07 | uploaded by eddiesteele

Dolphin and Whale Killing | uploaded by ufufu2525


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