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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Fishermen in Japan have begun slaughtering dozens of bottlenose dolphins, ignoring protesters' calls to spare the animals and a rare public show of concern by the U.S. government. U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy publicly criticized the methods used in the hunt, writing on Twitter, "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG [US government] opposes drive hunt fisheries." Kennedy was referring to the practice, long used in Taiji, of herding pods of dolphins into shallow water, where the exhausted animals are left for up to a few days before being killed.

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A clause in the International Whaling Commission moratorium allows Japan to kill just under 1,000 large whales, mainly minke, every year for what it calls "scientific research." The meat is sold legally in Japanese supermarkets and restaurants.

Japan also kills up to 20,000 small cetaceans every year in its coastal waters. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society said that 176 marine mammals had been killed so far this season.

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Hey Caroline,
You're getting ahead of yourself.
Start with the shoe laces.
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#1 | Posted by Huguenot at 2014-01-21 07:21 PM | Reply | Flag:

How can anyone slaughter a dolphin? That is just ------- wrong!

#2 | Posted by AuntieSocial at 2014-01-21 08:39 PM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 2

You have to brine them correctly. Then - yummy, and 'Sorry Charlie'.

#3 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-01-21 08:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

You have to brine them correctly. Then - yummy, and 'Sorry Charlie'.

#4 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-01-21 08:56 PM | Reply | Flag:

It also helps if you remove the hoop and ball from the kettle before boiling, to preserve the natural flavor.

#5 | Posted by cookfish at 2014-01-21 08:59 PM | Reply | Flag:

It also helps if you remove the hoop and ball from the kettle before boiling, to preserve the natural flavor.

You're using the wrong hoop, then. You should be using the one with flames so they can cook themselves.j But yea, the ball -- not so much

#6 | Posted by goatman at 2014-01-21 09:08 PM | Reply | Flag:

Huguenot said "How can anyone slaughter a dolphin? That is just ------- wrong!"
How so potty mouth? I've heard Dog makes a tasty meal too.

#7 | Posted by lel2007 at 2014-01-21 09:16 PM | Reply | Flag:

I've heard Dog makes a tasty meal too.

DIdn't you know? The Donner Party ate the dogs first for a reason.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-01-21 09:24 PM | Reply | Flag:

Yup, cuz the cuter an animal is, them more moral it is to kill it. Or something?

#9 | Posted by DoofusOfDeath at 2014-01-21 10:49 PM | Reply | Flag:

As someone that enjoys much of the Japanese culture, this does make me wonder what this culture thinks about such things. I wonder if the average Japanese person actually knows this. It seems they care about the environment, more so than the average American.

#10 | Posted by AndreaMackris at 2014-01-21 11:00 PM | Reply | Flag:

Are there any species in the ocean, endangered or not, the Japanese won't slaughter? It doesn't appear so.

#11 | Posted by CalifChris at 2014-01-22 12:15 AM | Reply | Flag:

Are there any species in the ocean, endangered or not, the Japanese won't slaughter?

I think they are steering clear of the ones around Fukushima

#12 | Posted by goatman at 2014-01-22 12:17 AM | Reply | Flag:

They even slaughter kelp, just to irritate the sea otters.

#13 | Posted by JeffJ at 2014-01-22 12:19 AM | Reply | Flag:

It doesn't appear so.

That's because they aren't slaughtering them.

They're sraughtering them.

Which is an anglicized form of an old Japanese term for "love dearly".

Stop being so Anglo-centric, chris.

#14 | Posted by jpw at 2014-01-22 12:30 AM | Reply | Flag:

That's because they aren't slaughtering them.

Stop being so Anglo-centric, chris.

#14 | Posted by jpw

Spare me the Anglo-centric bs. It's one big ol' world and we all have to live in it together. Why should the Japanese be given a pass when all the other countries abide by the rules to protect those endangered species who inhabit it?

There has been a ban in place now for a couple of decades to protect the overkilling of whales but the Japanese continue to ignore it saying they hunt whales for "scientific research" which was proven is bull.

And Japan's biggest excuse -- that whaling was long a part of their history and culture so they should be allowed to continue their killing -- doesn't cut it anymore. Species can quickly become endangered and/or extinct if not monitored. Besides, long ago the Japanese used harpoons to kill whales, not the high-tech methods of mass whale hunting they use today. And it's not like they need whale oil anymore to light kerosene lamps.

For example, there's also a ban on products using alligator skin (or at least there had been until recently) and the same goes for the harvesting of coral and the killing of elephants and rhinos solely for their tusks. Those bans are there for a reason and ALL countries have an obligation to enforce and respect them, not just pick and choose which ones they'll obey or ignore.

#15 | Posted by CalifChris at 2014-01-22 01:37 AM | Reply | Flag: | Newsworthy 1

Chris,

I think you need to crub a few baby sears to understand what sraughter trury means.

#16 | Posted by jpw at 2014-01-22 02:52 AM | Reply | Flag:

"...inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing."

Well yeah it is not human, or 'inhumanness', what ever that neologism means.
Dolphins are not humans.

#17 | Posted by Diablo at 2014-01-22 03:26 AM | Reply | Flag:

in·hu·man (n-hymn)
adj.
1.
a. Lacking kindness, pity, or compassion; cruel. See Synonyms at cruel.
b. Deficient in emotional warmth; cold.

2. Not suited for human needs: an inhuman environment.
3. Not of ordinary human form; monstrous.
in·human·ly adv.
in·human·ness n.

American Heritage® Dictionary

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2014-01-22 06:27 AM | Reply | Flag:

DIdn't you know? The Donner Party ate the dogs first for a reason.

#8 | Posted by rstybeach11

The Lewis/Clark party lived on dog once they got west of the great divide. The salmon tasted like hell.

#19 | Posted by Sniper at 2014-01-22 01:06 PM | Reply | Flag:

Considering the amount of radioactive garbage the american empire dumps into the sea every year it has absolutely #$ck all to say on this subject.

#20 | Posted by Shawn at 2014-01-22 04:44 PM | Reply | Flag:

I would ask those of you who care to rally around another cause for at least an hour or two and do what ever you can to bring to your politicians/communities' attention the desperate plight across Asia of tens of thousands of endangered bears that are trapped, forced into cages, and locked up for the remainder of their lives. An adult bear paces all day within its small cage. The animal can only take two or three steps in either direction.

They're part of a brutal and inhumane industry dating back three decades in which bile is forceably extracted from them by regularly shoving a steel bayonet like instrument into the stomach of these live animals thereby releasing bile through a tube into a bottle. The agony and pain for them is excrutiating. This is done many times over months until the bear eventually dies a lonely and agonizing death.

Bile and other bear body parts are still openly sold in China and some other Asian countries as traditional medicine by a backward people that shame the human race.

See this. I defy you not to weep. www.abc.net.au

#21 | Posted by Sord at 2014-01-22 06:07 PM | Reply | Flag:

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