or dolphin aren’t eating it every day. At most, they are eating it a few times a month. The problem is that although the frequency of eating the meat was low, the levels of mercury in the meat were surprisingly high. They were high because whale and dolphin meat have a much higher level of mercury present. MAIN TOPIC Will there ever be a limit as to how many animals we as humans will kill for our love of food? Shrimp, fish, chicken, beef, these happen to be some of our choice for a meal in the United States. Now think of eating dolphin or whale instead of those initial creatures I listed above. Would you still view these cetaceans as just a normal every day delicacy? Or would you view them as much more? I’m coming to you today to shed light on these creatures and the many ways we exploit them. Dolphin Hunting in Taiji, Japan My focus will be on two locations that consume either dolphin or whale meat. The area’s in question are Taiji, Japan and the Faroe Island. First, we will look at Taiji, Japan. Here they consume both dolphin and whale. Japanese fisherman from this area view dolphin/whale as just another big fish. They are food, like dogs is for the Chinese or Koreans. There has been a tradition in Japan. This tradition spans back to the seventeenth century. It takes place yearly starting September 1 st and going into March 1 st of that particular year. It’s during this time where many dolphins and some whale are brutally slaughtered. This slaughter is done primarily for two reasons. One, food consumption. The most important of the two. Lastly to sell show quality marine mammals to businesses such as Sea World. This village was made famous by a documentary called “The Cove”. The documentary takes a deep look into the dolphin hunting
The Precious Meat of the Sea 5 practices in Japan’s Taiji Village. The documentary, which is on YouTube showed how the fisherman lured the pods of dolphins into shallow water. It gave a view of what tool was used to subdue the dolphin and showed the bloody red water along with hearing many screams made by the dolphins. One by one they are killed and prepped for selling or are held to be sold as a show pet. Annually this village slaughters 17,000 to 20,000 dolphins during this hunt. Whale hunting in the Faroe Island Faroe Island located in the North Atlantic Ocean is an island populated with under 50,000 people. This island has a 1000-year tradition that is slowly declining. Annually there is a Grind that takes place where the locals of the island gather and kill pods of whales for their meat. This is not a sport, this is a way of life and a means for food. The Faroe people have no other real resources for food. What they do have is an abundance of mammals in the sea. So, when the Grind happens, they will slaughter 600 to 800 whales. Each family gets a portion based on the amount of people in that family and record of the kill as well as amounts of meat given out is documented. The Faroe people were told that they are barbaric and cruel because they choose to
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