ALV joins in protest against Dolphin Slaughter
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Protests urge end to dolphin slaughter
September 20, 2006 03:24pm
Article from: AAP
ANIMAL liberationists in Melbourne today joined protesters around the world in demanding the Japanese Government put an end to the slaughter of dolphins.
Two dozen protesters demonstrated outside the Japanese Consulate in Melbourne to bring public attention to the practice, which they say kills about 20,000 dolphins every year.
The demonstration was accompanied by protests around the world, including in London, New York, Paris, Mexico and Rome.
"The aim is to send a message to the Japanese Government that they can't hide the brutal and gruesome slaughter of dolphins that they sanction each year," said Animal Liberation Victoria spokesman Noah Hannibal.
Some of the protesters today wore white industrial bodysuits smeared in fake blood, while holding up posters condemning the brutal slaughter of dolphins and urging members of the public to sign a petition.
The dolphin hunting season starts in October and continues through to March where the dolphins are driven into shallow bays and slashed to death then sold for meat, Mr Hannibal said.
"It's a horrendous death for these animals," he said.
"The water literally turns red with blood for a long time after the dolphins are killed it's a blood bath that the whole world should be ashamed of."
Mr Hannibal said the aim of the protest was to raise public awareness of dolphin slaughtering and prompt people to object to the Japanese Consulate.
"The Japanese Government is ashamed of this and they actually keep it hidden from the Japanese people," he said.
"They put tarps up all around the slaughter so no one can see it.
"(But) the world is watching and the fact that they give permits to kill in horrendously cruel ways 20,000 dolphins a year, they're going to be held accountable," he said.