Japan fishermen begin annual dolphin, whale hunt in Taiji

SHINGU, Japan (Kyodo) — Japanese fishermen kicked off their annual hunt of dolphins, whales and other cetaceans on Sept. 2 in waters off the traditional whaling town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. A fleet of six whaling boats, which left the port at around 5:30 a.m., spotted a group of some 20 bottlenose dolphins and drove […]

RABBIT RAMBLING: Save the turtles

I guess we can call this the summer of the great oil spill. Of course, it isn’t really a spill, but an accident of monumental import, because it is all man-caused and seemingly of a nature that humans can’t much control. It is really unbearable seeing pictures of the pelicans covered in oil, dying before […]

‘The Cove’ Puts Health Risk at Forefront, But Japanese Side Not Convinced

TOKYO — A U.S. documentary film about dolphin hunting in Japan places its focus on the health risks that could arise from eating mercury-laden dolphin meat, relegating to the sidelines the aspect of animal rights protection and brushing aside claims of traditional customs. But Japanese authorities and scientists are not convinced by the warning message […]

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