Japan Probe reports that the annual dolphin slaughter by fishermen in the Japanese town of Taiji has begun. The hunt was delayed by the presence of Japanese and foreign press in the cove during the first days when the hunt was supposed to begin.
Japan Probe states that thirteen boats left the harbor at 5:30 AM, they then surrounded and drove 50 pilot whales and 100 bottlenose dolphins into the cove. Neither of these species is protected by the International Whaling Commission.
The slaughtered animals are then sold as meat in Japan, despite the fact that they contain mercury levels far above Japanese regulations.