East Yorkshire MP Sir Greg Knight is sponsoring a Parliamentary motion condemning the recent slaughter of wild dolphins on Japan’s Pacific coast.
The slaughter of around 40 dolphins took place at Taiji and in addition another 52 dolphins, including a rare albino dolphin calf, were captured for onward sale to aquariums.
Sir Greg is condemning the Japanese government’s continued support for the slaughter by issuing quotas for the killing of over 20,000 dolphins every year.
Sir Greg said, “This practice is barbaric. The slaughtering of dolphin’s by cutting their spinal cord with a metal spike is a heinous practice and could well be driving some dolphin populations to extinction”.
Sir Greg welcomed the statement from the British Ambassador to Japan opposing all forms of dolphin slaughter and calling on the Taiji Whale Museum to release the albino dolphin calf from captivity.
The text of the motion reads: “That this House condemns the recent slaughter of over 40 wild dolphins in Taiji, on Japan’s Pacific coast; notes with concern the capture of a further 52 dolphins for sale to aquariums and other customers including a rare albino dolphin calf, separated from its mother and now kept in captivity in Taiji Whale Museum; further notes with alarm the Japanese government’s continued support for the practice by issuing quotas for the killing of over 20,000 dolphins, whales and porpoises in its coastal waters every year, despite the International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling; deplores the inhumane slaughtering method of severing the dolphin’s spinal cord with a metal spike; is further concerned that the practice of dolphin hunting may be driving some populations to extinction; is alarmed by the high levels of mercury and other toxins found in dolphin, whale and propoise food products, with reports suggesting dolphin meat is up to 5,000 times more toxic than levels allowed by the World Health Organisation; welcomes the statements made by the US Ambassador to Japan and the British Ambassador to Japan, Timothy Hitchens, opposing all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives; calls on the Taiji Whale Museum to release the albino dolphin calf from captivity; and calls on the Government to continue to raise the issue with the Japanese government at the highest level”.