TV Show ‘Flipper’ Trainer Disrupts Japan’s Dolphin Slaughter

September 2, 2009

(ChattahBox)—The annual slaughter of dolphins has begun in Taiji, Japan and animal rights activist and former dolphin trainer for the 60s TV show “Flipper,” is determined to do all he can to stop the hunt of the majestic and highly intelligent marine mammals.

Ric O’Barry has garnered enough International media attention on the dolphin hunt to prevent the killings of dolphins for the past two days, but as soon as he runs out of money and leaves Japan, the slaughter will resume.

According to the Japan Fisheries Agency, about 20,000 dolphins will be killed for their meat during the six-month hunting season, while dozens of additional young dolphins will be captured and sold to aquariums around the world.

In the town of Taiji, 23 fishermen plan to kill around 2,300 dolphins, which will be sold for human consumption or be used as fertilizer. A dead dolphin will earn the fishermen around $500, but a dolphin sold to an aquarium is worth around $150,000.

The hunting methods are notoriously cruel. The fishermen herd the highly intelligent dolphins by banging on metal poles in the water. Once the dolphins are lured into the bay, a net is draped across the mouth of the bay and the frightened dolphins are left there overnight struggling to break free of the net.

The Japanese fishermen believe the overnight entrapment calms the dolphins and produces more tender meat. The fishermen return the following morning with buyers from aquariums, whom select the best dolphins for training. The remaining dolphins are dragged backwards with ropes tied to their tails to a neighboring cove, where they are slaughtered.

“The dolphins are terrified and frantic,” said O’Barry. The dolphin activist is featured on an upcoming and heart wrenching documentary, “The Cove,” which filmed the dolphin slaughter.



4 Responses to “TV Show ‘Flipper’ Trainer Disrupts Japan’s Dolphin Slaughter”

  1. Luke on September 2nd, 2009 3:42 pm

    This shows that films can really make a difference in the world. The Cove is an incredible watch, and it’s something everybody should experience. I would recommend seeing it to anybody and everybody.

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  3. Dolphin on September 26th, 2009 9:29 am

    only when the last fish is caught will man understand that he can’t eat money

  4. Cristy on February 8th, 2010 10:34 am

    I didn’t think about what this movie was going to be about when i rented it. I didn’t read the description or anything. I had a large groups of friends last night and we began to watch this movie. I was speechless and heart broken. I dont think i will ever feel this way about anything. Japan needs to realize that they need the dolphines for something else. Someday Japan will be crying out for help and what’s sad is that one dolphine will STILL help save that japan mans life without regret. If i could sacrifice and have the option to sacrifice myself in front of the Japan men. I would do it in a heart beat with no hesitation. Im not religious or emotional but this has got to be the most heart breaking animal news in history.

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