Infamous Cove Dolphins Are Sadly Shipped To China

Francis YupangcoBy Francis Yupangco 4 years ago
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Between the years 2009 and 2014, 760 live dolphins were sold from the infamous town of Taiji, where the documentary the Cove was filmed. Nearly half of those dolphins were exported to approximately twelve different countries. Around 60 percent of the dolphins were exported to China, with Ukraine, South Korea and Russia the next top countries for dolphin exports. Thailand, Vietnam, Saudi Arabia, Georgia, Tunisia, Philippines and the United States of America all received Taiji dolphins. The cost of a Taiji dolphin is approximately $8000 each. While many supporters of the Taiji hunt claim that it is a tradition to hunt the dolphin and whale meat, going back centuries. Opponents argue that there is little demand for mercury driven dolphin meat, and that the sale of live dolphins actually keeps the ‘hunt’ viable. The World Association of Zoo’s and Aquarium’s pressured Japan’s Zoos and Aquariums to stop using the Taiji dolphins, however, the export of the dolphins to other countries also must be addressed. MORE

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Francis is a marine biologist with an MBA and over 20 years of professional aquarium experience. Francis is the former Aquatic Development Manager at Hagen USA., makers of Fluval brand aquarium products. He co-stars on Nat Geo WILD's reality TV series Fish Tank Kings where he is the resident "Fish Geek" and was Director of Marketing at Living Color Aquariums. He is an avid explorer having visited over 45 countries and lived in 7. At 17, he was among the youngest aquarists ever hired by the Vancouver Aquarium, where he worked for 7 years. His aquatic biology experience ranges from larval fish rearing to the design, construction and operational management of renowned public aquariums around the world. Francis is currently head of marketing at the world's largest vertically integrated fish farming company.

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