06 May '11, 3am

Japan's dolphin hunters extend season: TOKYO - FISHERMEN in Japan's dolphin-hunting town of Taiji have extended

TOKYO - FISHERMEN in Japan's dolphin-hunting town of Taiji have extended their catch season by one month and this week caught some 60 long-finned pilot whales, a local official said on Friday. Every year the town's fishermen corral about 2,000 dolphins into a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and slaughter the rest for meat, a practice long deplored by animal rights campaigners. The picturesque town in Wakayama prefecture, western Japan, drew global attention after The Cove, a hard-hitting film about the annual hunts, won the Academy Award for best documentary in 2010. This catch season began in September and was due to end in April. 'But we resumed the hunt after the Wakayama government extended its permission by one month until the end of May following a poor catch this year,' a Taiji Fisheries Cooperative official told AFP by telephone. Some 60 long...

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