we have tons here in the usa. i will be sitting on the beach and you would see like 25 of them at a time jumping up out of the water and playing and they are so close to the shore line . they are my favorite. we swam with them in flordia. they are so friendly
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During drive hunts, migrating pods of dolphins and other small whales are first panicked and confused by loud banging, then herded, by the hundreds, into shallow coves and butchered, one by one, by fishermen. Every year, some 20,000 small cetaceans of several species, some of which are endangered, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white-sided dolphins and false killer whales, are killed or taken in the drives, sometimes illegally.
This cruel and inhumane practice is sanctioned and controlled by the Government of Japan, which claims that these animals compete with the fishermen and slaughtering them is a means of pest control, but no evidence for this claim exists. The dolphins are processed and used as pet food or fertilizer, and the government is encouraging the consumption of dolphin meat. In fact, the hunts would be economically unviable without the sale of live dolphins captured during the drives to dolphinariums in Asia and elsewhere.
There is abundant scientific evidence that drive hunts inflict incredible pain and suffering on highly intelligent, self-aware, and socially complex animals. The hunts have been universally condemned on both welfare and conservation grounds, but repeated requests to end them, from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and numerous other scientific and conservation organizations, have been ignored.
The World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA), the professional organization that represents over 1,200 zoos and aquariums around the world, and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) in the United States, have also condemned these hunts. WAZA explicitly prohibits member organizations from procuring animals from drive hunts. Now, marine scientists, WAZA, and AZA have joined with other non-governmental organizations to bring an immediate end to drive hunting.
my bathroom is done out in dolphins had them done for my daughter a bit like therapy for her she loves it evne the bath they are in there too ...
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quote:Originally posted by micky azzam: we have tons here in the usa. i will be sitting on the beach and you would see like 25 of them at a time jumping up out of the water and playing and they are so close to the shore line . they are my favorite. we swam with them in flordia. they are so friendly
Your right about all the dolphins in the US. I love dolphins!! They are beautiful creatures. I was in Florida too and they would swim right up to our boat..
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