Japan fishermen take cover to slaughter dolphins in face of Western criticism
TAIJI (REUTERS) - Japanese fishermen drove a large group of dolphins into the shallows and killed at least 30 on Tuesday, hiding themsleves behind a tarpaulin, as the annual dolphin hunt that sparked protest in the West entered its final stages.
Both the US and British ambassadors to Japan have strongly criticised the "drive killings" of dolphins citing the "terrible suffering" inflicted on the marine mammals.
Every year the fishermen of Taiji, in western Wakayama prefecture, drive hundreds of dolphins into a cove, select some for sale to marine parks, release some and kill the rest for meat.
On Tuesday, at least 30 dolphins out of the group of more than 200 held in the cove since Friday were herded by boat engines and nets into a killing area of the Taiji cove.
-- INFOGRAPHIC: AFP