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The Commercial Truth Behind Taiji Drive Hunt

Ann Novek( Luure)--With the Sky as the Ceiling and the Heart Outdoors

The commercial truth behind Taiji’s fig leaf lie of ‘tradition’

February 21, 2014

Pilot whales in Taiji (c) EIA

Pilot whales driven into a bay in Taiji (c) EIA


You may have seen some of the extensive media coverage in recent weeks of Japan’s infamous drive hunts in Taiji after some 250 bottlenose dolphins were driven into the infamous cove to be captured for aquaria or slaughtered for food, with the remnants of the fractured pod later driven back out to sea.

In the face of fierce international criticism from governments and the public, we have seen the same myths and misinformation promulgated by the Japanese Government in defence of these hunts; namely that they are sustainable, lawful, and traditional.

In fact, as EIA’s report Toxic Catch, documents, Japanese scientific data shows that the abundance of several of the hunted populations has declined drastically due to over-exploitation. Nonetheless, the Government continues to set…

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