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Cruelty towards Calderon Dolphins - HELP!

I have heard abotu the slaughter of Pilot whales (Calderon Dolphins) in the Faroe Islands in Denmark, and was recently reminded about it when a colleague sent me an email with very graphic images depicting the senseless slaughter of these highly intelligent, friendly creatures.
Please help. It is my sentiment that not enough people know about this gruesome act of cruelty towards these animals.
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  • Mim (Official Rep) November 06, 2010 10:55
    Dear Tessa,
    Thanks for your concern and for taking the time to write to us about this issue. There are a significant number of hunts of whales, dolphins and porpoises (collectively known as cetaceans) that take place around the world.
    In addition to this hunt, Japan takes thousands of small cetaceans in directed hunts every year, including dolphins, porpoises and small whales such as the Baird's beaked whale. Greenland also takes large numbers of narwhals in a hunt that has been classified as unsustainable. All of these hunts occur outside international regulation and control.

    The International Whaling Commission (IWC) regulates and controls directed kills of whales, and has maintained an international moratorium on whaling for several decades. However the IWC currently only has the remit to manage whaling of the great whale species.
    WWF has been working for many years to pressure the IWC to expand its remit to include small whales, dolphins and porpoises, which need the IWC's help just as much as the great whale species do.
    See the following link for WWF's work at the IWC: www.panda.org/species/iwc

    In addition, several of our partners are doing important work to raise awareness of these hunts. See several links below for reports on a number of hunts around the world -

    Report on the Dall's porpoise hunt in Japan, the largest small cetacean hunt in the world:
    www.eia-international.org/cgi/reports...

    Report on Baird's beaked whale hunt in Japan:
    www.eia-international.org/cgi/reports...

    The role of the aquarium trade in dolphin hunts:
    www.wdcs.org/submissions_bin/drivenby...

    Our partners have also been successfully running campaigns in the countries in which these hunts occur to demonstrate to those who eat cetacean meat the high levels of contaminants such as mercury and PCBs that occur in some of these animals, and the health risk that poses to those humans who eat the meat.
    See the following link for a global report on this issue by the Environmental Investigation Agency:
    www.eia-international.org/files/repor...
    as well as a report focusing on Japan (also available in Japanese):
    www.eia-international.org/cgi/reports...

    I hope this information has been useful - you will also find more general information on cetaceans on our website (www.panda.org/species) and those of our partners, EIA (www.eia-international.org) and WDCS (www.wdcs.org)

    Hope this helps. Please let us know if you need any more information.

    All the best,
    Mim Osterberg
    WWF International Online Team
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