This is a disturbing video featuring an angry fisherman in Taiji, Japan, where thousands of dolphins are killed each year for food. The Earth Island Institute and its partners have teamed up to form a pretty vocal campaign against the killings, capturing video footage of the dolphins and sending dozens of surfers, actors, and activists to the now infamous shore to protest the trade and honor the dead dolphins.
The fishermen claim that dolphins are part of the cuisine in this part of Japan, and that this is no different than fishing or hunting other animals for food. But people love dolphins, and that simple argument isn’t enough to shut protesters — who include celebrities like Hayden Panettiere from Heroes — up.
Panettiere was in Japan just last week, swimming in the ocean, crying. Here’s another video focusing more on her role in the protest.
I have to admit that I saw this video and was horrified. I LOVE dolphins! But the fishermen do raise a good point: What is it about the slaughter of dolphins that crosses the line? Why does the death of a baby dolphin bother us so much more than lamb or veal?