Iwate, Japan, set to commence the world’s largest cetacean slaughter
Iwate, Japan, is once again poised to commence the world’s largest cetacean slaughter, which dwarfs the much more famous one in Taiji.
Operating somewhat under the radar of public opprobrium, Iwate has traditionally staged the largest cetacean hunt on the planet. Held up due to the 2011 Tsunami campaigners urge the practice is back and dwarfs the devastating dolphin drives at Taiji cove.
Every year for the past decade, volunteers from around the world have made a pilgrimage of protest to Japan, home to the eight-month bloodbath of whale and dolphin slaughter in the cove at Taiji. That hunt began again this month, and all eyes are on the infamous inlet—now more than ever—thanks to the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove.
But even as activists, scientists and movie stars rail against the brutal massacre of highly social and sentient animals, few campaigners know that some 500 miles to the north, in Iwate Prefecture, an annual slaughter of a beautiful species called Dall’s porpoise has been taking place in numbers that dwarf anything found at the cove.
For a while, it looked as though the Iwate hunt was gone forever, perhaps the only silver lining in a dark cloud of devastation. But now TakePart can exclusively report that operations somehow managed to resume last season, though on a much smaller scale, with a few hundred porpoises taken.
This season, however, from November 2012 to April 2013, the boats were back in greater numbers, killing about 1,200 porpoises.
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