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Save Japan Dolphins’ #CoveReport: Kills at Record Low

January 23, 2015 by Laura Bridgeman

David Kirby, author of Death At SeaWorld and correspondent for TakePart, writes about Save Japan Dolphins' #CoveReport on the hunting season from September to December, 2014.

By David Kirby

With the dolphin killing season at the cove in Taiji, Japan, half over, deaths and captures of the marine mammals have hit record lows.

Between the opening of this season, on Sept. 1, 2014, and the end of the year, 367 dolphins were slaughtered, compared with 406 dolphins killed by Taiji hunters over the same period in 2013, according to data compiled by the website Ceta-Base from estimates given by Cove Guardians, the on-the-ground volunteers for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

“Last season was the lowest year of dolphin kills we have seen at only 835 dolphins killed for the whole season,” Mark Palmer, associate director of the International Marine Mammal Project at Earth Island Institute, wrote in a blog post on the group’s website.

“By contrast, when we first began our Save Japan Dolphins Campaign in 2004, about 1,600 dolphins were killed,” Palmer wrote. But, as he noted, two months remain in the season.

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Save Japan Dolphins’ #CoveReport: Kills at Record Low