Fishermen in Japan's 'killing cove' hauling bleeding animals from sea to sell

Mail Online | 1/26/2020 | Emily Webber For Mailonline
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This is the horrifying moment dolphins are mercilessly snatched from the wild in Japan to entertain tourists.

Heartbreaking footage filmed in Taiji, known as the 'killing cove', shows fishermen hauling a net with dolphins onto a boat as the mammals fight to escape.

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A second clip shows divers wrestling with a dolphin in the cove while it smashes its tail against the water in distress.

The video, filmed by Dolphin Project campaigners, also shows the sea stained with blood as the mammal is battered against the razor-sharp rocks.

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Travel giant TUI are believed to be the only British travel giant to offer a 'dolphin experience' holiday package.

British-based campaign group Dolphin Freedom UK is urging the travel agent to cut ties with SeaWorld and similar venues.

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The campaigners are calling on the company to follow the likes of AirBnB, Virgin Holidays and STA Travel in axing links with resorts which keep dolphins for entertainment.

TUI plugs the £130-a-night Atlantis Sanya resort in China which features a water park for guests to 'meet and interact' with dolphins while photographers capture the 'unforgettable moment'.

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However TUI has pledged that it only endorses venues that are in line with global welfare standards.

It is estimated 2,000 mammals will be caught in the cove this season with many immediately slaughtered and sold for meat.

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However if a dolphin is 'lucky' it is sold by fishermen to 'brokers' and can fetch up to £190,000 once it is trained.

Campaign manager of The Dolphin Project, Tim Burns, said...
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