Unfortunately, dolphin hunting is still occurring in Japan.
At least 100 bottlenose dolphins and 50 pilot whales have been taken in the first hunt of the season, which began on September 1, 2009.
Over the next six months the town’s fishermen will catch about 2,300 of Japan’s annual quota of 20,000 dolphins. The meat from a single animal fetches up to 50,000 yen, but aquariums are prepared to pay up to 90,000 for certain types.
September 1st usually marks the first day of the year for the brutal killings, but for the first time the Japanese media has arrived in Taiji causing the local fishermen to pause while the world takes notice.
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