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Expose: Massive Dolphin Hunting in Peru
April 2013

Peru Dolphins on Handcard Newsletter

During 2012 and early 2013 BlueVoice, working with ORCA/Peru, confirmed widespread hunting of dolphins in Peru. I personally traveled to Peru in March and December of 2012. And in 2013, BlueVoice funded surveys that document the widespread hunting and consumption of dolphin all along the coast of Peru.

Dolphin-hunting fishermen pour pesticides and other toxic chemicals into the water to immobilize the dolphins to make them easier to catch. They apparently are unaware that this cruel technique means that any meat eaten from such a dolphin would be extraordinarily contaminated and dangerous.

Based the gravity of this situation in Peru we have determined the best way to end this practice is to bring the facts to international organizations such as the scientific committee of the International Whaling Commission and the Convention on Migratory Species.

Filleted Dolphin Lima

Hunting dolphins is illegal under Peruvian law. But the law is not enforced. Exposing this ghastly situation in international meetings will bring pressure on Peru, a nation highly dependent on international tourism, to enforce laws already on the books and save the lives of thousands of dolphins.

I worked in Peru as a Peace Corps volunteer and have great empathy for the many poor and hungry people. But the solution to the poverty is not killing and eating dolphins. It is to initiate sound fishing practices and restore one of the world's most productive fisheries.

Dolphin meat is highly contaminated with heavy metals and organic pollutants such as PCBs. It should not be consumed as food. Villagers who do eat it have an extraordinary level of diabetes, a disease associated with ingestion of high levels of pollutants.


Thank you for your support and friendship,

Hardy Jones

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Dolphin Consumption Spreads Worldwide

Meat taken from wild animals for human consumption is known as bush meat. It is a ghastly and pervasive problem in Africa. Marine bushmeat is now becoming an issue of concern worldwide as fisheries are depleted and marine mammals are seen as a replacement for fish protein.

Peru is not the only location where dolphins are killed for food. For example, there is a large fishery for pilot whales off Dominica and elsewhere in the Caribbean, as well as the Solomon Islands.

It is also believed that dolphins are hunted along the coast of Chile. We need to further investigate this.

There are even reports that French fishermen are illegally catching and eating dolphins in the English Channel and off Cornwall, UK.

Of course Japan is the largest consumer of whales and dolphins in the world. And by far the focus of greatest attention. But Japan is by no means the only nation where this occurs.

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