Dolphin kill draws critics worldwide

Despite protests and outcries from conservationists, celebrities and the general public alike, the annual dolphin hunt took place Saturday at Taiji Cove in Japan.

According to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society on their twitter account, five separate pods of Bottlenose dolphins, which they say includes more than 250 mammals, "were driven into Taiji's infamous killing cove (Friday) and held overnight."

The dolphins will now likely spend their third night without food or rest in Taiji Cove before the fishermen start to slaughter them Monday for meat according to the society.

"Today, the members of the pod will face a violent and stressful captive selection process," the group warned Saturday. "Babies and mothers will be torn from each other's sides as some are taken for captivity, some are killed, and others are driven back out to sea to fend for themselves."

Celebrities also took twitter to show their upset and disgust over the event including Ricky Gervais, Alyssa Milano, Kirstie Alley and Bryan Adams. 

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society alleges that by the end of the day Saturday 25 dolphins had been removed from their pod and taken "to a lifetime of imprisonment." 

The annual dolphin hunt became controversial internationally after the 2009 Academy Award-winning documentary The Cove which went undercover and detailed the dolphin hunting practices in Japan.

Although the hunting of dolphins is widely condemned in North America, Japanese defend the practice as a local custom, and say it is no different to the slaughter of other animals for meat, much like the annual controversial seal hunt in Canada.



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