Time to end Japanese dolphin hunt cruelty, says Devon MP Nick Harvey
Nick Harvey, MP for North Devon, has condemned the inhumane slaughter of dolphins in Japan.
The MP expressed his concerns about the practice in a Parliamentary motion, known as an Early Day Motion (EDM).
The cruel way in which dolphins are hunted and slaughtered in Taiji, a town on Japan’s Pacific coast, has attracted international criticism.
Nick’s motion aims to raise awareness of the issue in Parliament and presses the Government to raise the issue with the Japanese authorities.
Commenting, Nick said: “Right now, Japanese fishermen are rounding up live dolphins to kill for meat – using some truly barbaric methods – or sell into a lifetime of captivity. Drive hunts cause huge distress and panic to dolphins and this continuing practice is simply unacceptable.
“Many dolphins can take up to half an hour to die under these brutal methods – which the Japanese Government has tried to defend as part of Taiji’s cultural heritage. By setting annual quotas of 20,000 dolphin, whale and porpoise kills, the Japanese Government are continuing to support cruel practices. It’s vital that the international community sends a clear message of condemnation, and I hope the British Government will play a key part in that.”
(from a press release)