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An estimated 50 bottlenose dolphins were taken alive, and more than 20 Risso’s dolphins were killed, during the first month of the Taiji dolphin drive in Japan.
According to the Dolphin Project, which is monitoring the drive, a pod of 80 bottlenose dolphins were herded into Taiji Cove in late September, of which 50 were captured.
The dolphins will be sold on to aquariums in both Japan and abroad. The drive has gone ahead despite the fact that the industry body representing Japanese zoos and aquariums has told its members it must no longer source live animals from drive hunts. “The economic underpinning of these hunts clearly lies in the captivity industry,” said the Dolphin Project in a statement.
Bottlenose dolphins are taken in Taiji for sale to aquariums.