Archive for februari 2012

Almost 100 pantropical spotted dolphins slaughtered in the cove

Taiji’s cove witnessed a bloodbath last night after 98 dolphins were driven in from the ocean and slaughtered. The massacre occurred on the tail end of the annual dolphin drive season, expected to cease Feb. 28.

Although widely acknowledged that the number of dolphins killed in Taiji’s cove is down almost by half this year over the previous year, several hundred dolphins have still been slaughtered. On Feb. 20, Hardy Jones of BlueVoice.org said a total of 615 dolphins had been slaughtered to date in Taiji. The addition of 98 pantropical spotted dolphins killed on Sunday, raises this number to over 700 dolphins killed for the 2011/12 season.

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More Endangered New Zealand Dolphins Nets

Last week, on the 22nd of February, two more New Zealand (Hector’s) dolphins died, entangled in a gill net washed ashore on a beach on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island.

hectors_trappedThe two dolphins were found near the Waimakariri River mouth some 30 km inside the northern limit of the Banks Peninsula Marine Mammal Sanctuary. Under fisheries legislation, set netting is banned along most of the east coast of the South Island out to 4 nautical miles.

The populations of these dolphins, unique to New Zealand, are being rapidly depleted by being killed in nets. It has been estimated that in the early 1970s there were about 30,000 dolphins. This has now dwindled to about 7000, a huge decrease in such a short time span. These dolphins are listed as “Endangered”, with the population trend rated as “decreasing”, on the IUCN Red List.

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Hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins on Peru’s beaches (video)

Hundreds of dead bottlenose dolphins have washed ashore on Peru’s northern coast over this month, leaving officials struggling for answers as to what killed the marine animals. At least 264 dead dolphins were found over a 70-mile stretch of sandy beach, Agence France-Presse reported, citing Edward Barriga, an official with Peru’s Oceanic Institute (IMARPE). “We have taken samples to determine the cause of death,” Barriga reportedly said from Lambayeque.xlarge

Vast quantities of dead anchovies had also been found in the region, located nearly 500 miles north of Lima, the Peruvian capital. The head of a group representing Lambayeque aquafarmers, Jorge Cabrejos, said the anchovies appear to have eaten contaminated plankton, which then sickened the dolphins that ate the small fish. However, the authorities have not yet ruled out the possibility of hunting killings, the BBC reported. Local residents quickly carved up some of the mammals for meat, ITN reported.

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Dolphins must get its own constitution

AMSTERDAM – Dolphins have their own rights have, just as people who have. The swimming mammals should therefore be seen as 'non-human persons'.

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A group of scientists and philosophers therefore a constitution for dolphins compiled and presented at a meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Vancouver, Canada, writes the British newspaper Daily Mail. The constitution should also apply to whales and porpoises, mammals that live in the water.

The reason is that dolphins are intelligent beings with their own cultures, societies and personalities that are so complex that they must be seen as people.

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