Tomorrow, the annual Dall’s porpoise hunt is scheduled to resume in Japan. Not many people are aware of this hunt; most know about the commercial whaling and Taiji dolphin slaughter. The porpoise hunt goes on quietly, and causes little controversy. The current quota is set at around 15,000 porpoises. This is the largest direct slaughter of any cetacean on the planet, but yet nobody knows about it! In 1988 alone, a record 40,367 porpoises were slaughtered.
The hunt itself is brutal, occurring with harpoons. Hunters target female porpoises with calves because the mothers will not abandon their babies if they are in distress, thus making them slow and easy to kill. By killing lactating females and calves, they are eliminating the future generations and causing an unnatural difference in the number of males and females. The meat of Dall’s porpoises, like all cetaceans, is highly toxic and is full of dangerous levels of mercury.
When will this slaughter stop?