According to theguardian, on Friday Japanese fishermen killed the first dolphins of the season in the annual hunt. The local newspaper informs fishermen at the western town of Taiji caught 20 dolphins.
During the six-month hunting season, people from the southwestern town corral hundreds of the mammals into a secluded bay and butcher them, turning the water crimson red. The scene attracted global attention after it was featured in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary The Cove. The movie star, Ric O’Barry was detained earlier this year for almost three weeks after being denied entry to Japan, and was deported from the country.
Every year environmental campaigners visit the town during the terrible events. The authorities make sure to be prevent any clashes between locals and activists.
Defenders of the hunt say it is a tradition and point out that the animals are not endangered.