Dolphin hunts

New report reveals 100,000 dolphins and small whales hunted every year

**WARNING: THIS BLOG CONTAINS IMAGES AND DESCRIPTIONS THAT YOU MAY FIND UPSETTING**

When you hear the words ‘dolphin hunts’ it’s likely that you think of Japan or the Faroe Islands. Although they are complicit in the deaths of many thousands of individuals, they are sadly and probably surprisingly, not the worst offenders.

Swiss International Air Lines says NO to carrying dolphins

WDC's ongoing campaign to persuade airlines who are members of the Star Alliance group not to transport dolphins around the world has seen more success with the confirmation from Swiss International Air Lines that their freight subsiduary, Swiss WorldCargo, is not involved in the practice. In a message confirming its position to WDC, the airline stated that it "...condemns the unethical treatment of any animals, including dolphins."

Taiji sets up cultural links with Faroese town

Taiji, the Japanese coastal town where the notorious dolphin drive hunts take place, announced on Wednesday that it has established cultural links with Klaksvik, the second largest town in the Faroe Islands. Those cultural links include the fact that Klaksvik is also a location where drive hunts take place, primarily targeting pilot whales.

In a news conference the Taiji mayor announced he had visited the Faroes and his counterpart in Klaksvik would likely make a recipricol visit later this year.

Hundreds of dolphins captured in Taiji

A 'superpod' of around 300 dolphins has been captured by hunters in the cove near the infamous town of Taiji, Japan. Since their capture, the dolphins are being subject to a selection process by divers who will decide which dolphins should be sold to marine parks and those that will be slaughtered. The dolphins can fetch over £20,000 when sold to the captivity industry.

Footage of the capture, and subsequent abuse, has been live streamed by welfare groups working in Taiji in the hope that something might be done to prevent this annual slaughter.

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