September 30, 2010
Some Dolphins Saved from Japanese
European activists cut the nets of seven holding pens at the port of Taiji -- known as the site of the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary "The Cove" -- in an attempt to free the dolphins.
The Europe-based environmental group "The Black Fish" has claimed responsibility for the attack on its official website, prompting investigators to launch a probe into the case on suspicion of property destruction and forcible obstruction of business.
Police said the nets of seven out of 11 cages holding some 50 dolphins caught for the aquarium trade were found ripped off the coast of Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, at around 7 a.m. on Sept. 28. However, no dolphins escaped, investigators said.
The holding pens -- about 12 meters long on each side -- are owned by the local fishery union and the municipal development bureau. Investigators found scissors and other tools left near the damaged holding pens, which are believed to have been used to cut and make holes in the nets.
"It is awful and unforgivable," said a vice-president of a local fishermen's union.
The town's traditional hunting drive of dolphins and other cetaceans -- which takes place every year from September through the following April -- was featured in the 2009 documentary film "The Cove," sparking a great deal of controversy. The dolphins captured during the hunting season are traded for their meat or sold to aquariums.
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