Do the Japanese kill and eat dolphins?

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The media today is full of misinformation, and people today are not used to reasoning and believe in anything they hear and put it as an idea. A simple report showing Chinese people eating dogs at a festival in a certain city in China was able to take root the idea that Chinese people eat dogs even though 99% of Chinese people have never eaten a dog in their lives.

Because of these reports, people tend to create widespread ideas of countries and nationalities, and you don’t even notice that in Brazil similar practices occur, such as killing rabbits, frogs, armadillos, ox testicles, mocotó, chorizo, sarapatel and other foods that can be used. considered strange and disgusting to some.

The idea that Japanese people eat some live seafood is no longer enough, now people claim that Japanese people eat dolphins. We will try to really understand what happens and what this practice is so as to shut the mouth of the generalizers.

Yes, they kill dolphins

As with whale hunting, dolphin catches serve other purposes. Unlike whales, dolphins are far from extinction, to tell you the truth even the whales that the Japanese hunt are far from extinction. The worrying generator of the controversies about eating dolphins is not even the meat itself, since criticizing eating an animal just for being cute is nothing more than hypocrisy. What is really worrying is how to capture and kill dolphins, dolphins are attracted surrounded by a sound barrier and killed by spears, while other dolphins watch this sea of blood.

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All of this killing happens only in ONE small place (village) in Japan called Taiji. They claim that eating this meat is a local tradition. And it is not 20,000 dolphins as some sites claim, decades ago the numbers were only around 1500 and now in recent years it has dropped dramatically to 200. That’s because it is not at all advantageous to kill dolphins, let’s understand why.

Firstly, selling a live dolphin abroad or water park generates a profit of $ 300,000. While with the sale of meat the profit is less than $ 1,000. Not to mention that the meat is not sold throughout Japan, while some news reports that it is common meat, it is only consumed with low frequency in the Taiji region where this game takes place.

Not even 1% of the population had a chance to try this meat, some tasted it only once in their lives. Many Japanese, on the other hand, are unaware of the existence of the killing of dolphins and the sale of their meat, which is mostly shipped abroad. Many who know still condemn the practice and campaign against it!

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Dolphin Killing Facts

Let’s see some information, data. statistics and trivia so you can take it easy.

  • Dolphins are hunted in other countries such as the Solomon Islands, the Faroe Islands and Peru;
  • Dolphin meat has health risks due to its pollution;
  • Taiji in Wakayama is the only place in Japan where this hunt takes place;
  • Currently the method used to kill dolphins is with a spear in the neck so that they die quickly without suffering;
  • Countries like Taiwan, Hawaii and even Washington have already hunted dolphins. Several countries where hunting is prohibited, and in large numbers, in Peru, for example, almost 2000 dolphins die each year;
  • In 2007, about 1000 anime were killed;
  • The Japanese association of zoos and aquariums does not support hunting;
  • Several veterinarians and scientists have concluded that the method used for hunting must be prohibited;
  • Taiji started its first commercial hunting operations in 1606.
  • The hunting season opens on the 1st of September and runs until February, a maximum of 1800 per year is allowed.

Where do we want to go?

The mere fact that the news spread widely or with numbers and wrong information causes people to draw conclusions or have absurd ideas about what really happens. We are not advocating this practice, any act of violence and cruelty to anime is reprehensible. But what happens is not so aggravating as to make idiotic people create hatreds for an entire nation that don’t even know what is going on. Even more so when ours and all other nations are responsible for similar and disgusting acts.

The truth is that this Taiji tradition is nothing more than a profitable business to sell live dolphins and traders to sell a little meat at exorbitant prices to an insignificant number of people. Of course, I don’t blame anyone who eats the meat of this animal, there are many other anime that die in a cruel way and that people eat daily. I will not criticize the practice just because they are cute and intelligent pets. But I believe that the method used could be a little different and less cruel. Only do we not fish the fish with a hook and let them die for lack of water?

xenophobia, prejudice

And what is the Government’s position on this? When it comes to money, every government is flawed and practitioners end up circumventing or using loopholes in the law to conduct their profitable business. Prostitution is prohibited in Japan and even so it is not difficult to find it, understand that the Law is always flawed and there is no perfect government system.

If you thoroughly research things that happen in the dark in any country you will be scared. So don’t let generalized information make your head up to the point of generating hatred for people who have nothing to do with it. We can hate the practice and the people who practice it, but not an entire nation that has nothing to do.

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