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Japan fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism

General January 21, 2014

Fishermen hunt dolphins in the shallows of a cove in TaijiBy Ruairidh Villar TAIJI, Japan (Reuters) – Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows and killed at least 30 on Tuesday, hiding themselves behind a tarpaulin, as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages. Both the U.S. and British ambassadors to Japan have strongly criticized the "drive killings" of dolphins citing the "terrible suffering" inflicted on the marine mammals. Every year the fishermen of Taiji, in western Wakayama prefecture, drive hundreds of dolphins into a cove, select some for sale to marine parks, release some and kill the rest for meat.

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