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Unethical Slaughter of Dolphins

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on 5 December 2013

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Unethical Slaughter of Dolphins
Ethics Case: The Cove

An Overview of The Cove
The Cove is a documentary publicizing the slaughter of hundreds of dolphins inhumanely and the problems that have come from this slaughter such as, mercury poisoning, inhumane methods of killing, tradition and cultural differences. The documentary shows activists breaking into the cove in Taiji, Japan where they video dolphins being brutally slaughtered and have made this a world wide phenomenon to help educate the public and induce more laws and regulations for the citizens participating in dolphin drives to abide.
Japan's purpose of the slaughtering
Its their tradition
For meat (like we have beef and pork)
Pest control because they eat to many of the fish in their ocean.
What Happened
Hunters drive the dolphins into coves
Methods of killing-Oikomi, surround them in a net and individual killing by harpoon
It has became publicized by activists like Rick O'Barry who was the previous "Flipper" dolphin trainer. He has been working on this case for nearly decades and has just recently made out in the public eye. International Whaling Commitee became aware of the situation in 2009
Olympics are being held in Tokyo in 2020 so Japanese media is trying to push the slaughter under the rug
When Japanese public was asked if they would eat dolphin; 95 people of those surveyed said no, 19 said yes and 1 was unsure
Marissa Worthington
Alanah Tayler
Kareena Johansen
Rae-Ann McDonagh

Used for children's lunches
The Japanese resent being told by the west what they are allowed to eat
They get $600 per one dead dolphin for its meat.
Current effects on The Cove
Cove monitors are have been placed in the cove in Taiji
Reports have been publicized to the world via blogs and social media
Activists have made local contact with Japanese people to spread awareness
Countries around the world are aware of the situation going, we are keeping a close eye on the Japanese government and fishers
The demand of doplin meat has decreased by 2/3
Specific airlines have refused to traffic dolphins
When it started 1,600 dolphins were killed per season, last season it was down to 900
In the US it is currently illigal to import dolphins obtained from a drive because it's considered inhumane methods
Cattle Slaughter
Government of Alberta Animal Protection Act states in section 1.1 “No person shall cause an animal to be in distress”
There are numerous stages of inspection, including the ante-mortem inspection, which trained professionals seek and detect disease, anything that does not meet animal health requirements are clearly marked, separated and completely excluded from meat production
Actually have a Code of Practice so that there is a minimum standard for feed, housing, transportating, and overall handling of the cattle
"Westerners kill and eat cows, Easterners eat dolphins. What's the difference?" - David cox
"Dolphin hunting is a part of tradition fishery of this country and has been lawfully carried out." - Japanese government
"The hunt is performed legally and properly with permission of WAKAYAMA prefecture (local government)" - Town Mayor, the chief of Taiji fishery union
"Recourse, just like fish. Killing animals in any way is bloody, unfortunately, just like slaughtering cows and pigs." - Shigeki Takaya, the head of the whaling section of Far Seas Fisheries
Our Opinion
Gut Test
Morally and ethically, slaughter of any animal done in an inhumane manner feels wrong and watching it is painful.
Golden Rule
The town of Taiji and the men slaughtering will lose revenue if the slaughter ends.
An inexpensive food source will be taken away.
Stakeholders such as the government of Taiji and fisherman will be effected due to the loss of revenue.
The Public's Opinion
Culture & Tradition
Start Video
For centuries, dolphins have been considered somehow magical. They are one of the only animals that seem to play, as well as seemingly grin widely at everything.
Dolphins are seen as gods in Greek Mythology, as they have often saved many distressed sailors
Dolphin Slaughter
The IWC Small Cetacean Conservation Research Fund is supporting high priority research that links to improving conservation outcomes for small cetaceans globally, particularly those that are threatened or especially vulnerable to human activities.
Whales have much higher standards; countries must follow the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling Act
Currently no laws regarding dolphin slaughter, as they are considerd to be cetacean
Our ethical issue:

Inhumane slaughter of Dolphins
If a puppy was being slaughtered in this way, it would be completely unmoral and ethically wrong, dolphins should be treated the same.
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