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Minke whale trapped in nets in Japan for two weeks | Japan


Animal rights advocates have demanded the immediate release of a Mike whale that has been trapped for more than two weeks in nets in Taiji, a city on Japan’s Pacific coast known for its reversal of the dolphin kill.

Japanese media reported that attempts were being made to release the four- or five-meter-long whale, but the fishermen claimed that its size and strong tidal currents made it difficult to drive into open water.

Ren Yabuki, an animal rights activist who has been filming the whale with a drone every day since it was trapped on Christmas Eve, he said the fishermen had made only a brief attempt to free the animal, adding that its fate appeared to be decided.

” It is difficult to remove the whale from the nets, and they do not want to remove the nets, as that would interrupt the fishing and allow a large number of fish to escape, so my feeling is that they will kill it We said Yabuki, campaign director for the Life Investigation Agenc In

If the whale is killed, the fishermen could sell its meat after taking a DNA sample, Yabuki added. “Allowing the whale to starve would be the worst possible end to this, so the only other option would be to drop the net and send divers into the sea to kill it with spears We

Georgie Dolphin, Animal Welfare Program Manager at Humane Society International [HSI] in Australia, he said the whale had become “increasingly distressed and agitated, ramming nets, and diving deep in an effort to escape We

 Activists urge local fishermen to try to free the whale amid fears that it may die or be killed We src=
Activists urge local fishermen to try to free the whale amid fears that it may die or be killed. Photograph: Ren Yabuki / Life Investigation Agency

“We fear that time is running out for the whale, which will get weaker by the da In Intentionally subjecting these Leviathans to prolonged suffering is inhuman and unjustified. HSI hopes that the Japanese authorities will insist on the immediate release of the whale. “

The Japanese fishing agency told HSI it had asked the prefectural government to release the whale if it was possible and safe to do so.

“We understand that the fishermen are claiming safety concerns and concern about the tides, but we fear that the delays could cost the whale its life,” HSI said.

Taiji has struggled to repair his international reputation ever since the 2009 Oscar-winning documentary The Cove showed hunters cornering dolphins in the open sea and cornering them ashore in so-called hunts on the move.

Attractive specimens are kept and sold for large sums in aquariums and marine parks, while others are slaughtered and their meat sold. The hunts drew international condemnation, including the former US ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kenned In

In a rare interview, the fishermen told The Guardian that the hunts were legal under Japanese law and provided a vital source of income for the city, located in a remote part of the Pacific coast.

Yabuki said that not saving him would further damage Taiji’s reputation. “The whole world knows what is happening,” he said. Letting him die or kill him would ruin the image of the cit In But if they make a genuine attempt to publish it, they can tell the world they did the right thing. “

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