Feb 1, 2014

Defend dolphins, not a 'tradition'

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's argument that the force of tradition justifies the herding, capturing and slaughtering of dolphins is a flimsy one. It is an inhumane practice that should be stopped.

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

Jan 19, 2014

Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt

U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the “inhumaneness” of a Wakayama Prefecture village’s traditional dolphin hunt. “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (U.S. Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries,” she tweeted Friday. Kennedy, the lone surviving child of ...

Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

Oct 7, 2013

Taiji plans park to swim with, not spear, dolphins

The town of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary “The Cove” about its annual dolphin slaughter, will open a marine mammal park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but will not end its annual kill, an official said Monday. The town ...

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Aug 28, 2013

Dolphin deaths, linked to virus, worst in years

Marine scientists said Tuesday that a die-off of bottlenose dolphins along the U.S. Atlantic coast is the largest in a quarter-century and is almost certainly from the same cause as a 1987-88 outbreak: cetacean morbillivirus, which is spreading throughout the population. From New York ...

Dolphins have 'names,' respond to cohorts' calls

Jul 23, 2013

Dolphins have 'names,' respond to cohorts' calls

Wild bottlenose dolphins design unique signature whistles to identify themselves, and answer when a close cohort calls them by name, researchers said Monday. A study of 200 bottlenose dolphins off the eastern coast of Scotland found that they are the only nonhuman mammals to ...