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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Dolphin Slaughtering Occurring in Brazil

Filed under: Animal Welfare — Dr. Christopher Blackwell @ 01:39

An unfortunate set of events is coming to the surface in Igarpe Do Costa, Brazil. While the pink dolphin has been indigenous to the Amazon River basin for hundreds, if not thousands, of years, local folklore and mythology have painted them as magical and perhaps evil creatures. Now, they are being slaughtered in record numbers. Fisherman are using dolphin meat to attract a popular species of catfish which can earn them thousands of dollars. Their meat supposedly carries a strong scent that attracts the fish, which is then sold in Bogota, Columbia for a premium price. Below, the New York Times covers the the horrendous situation in Brazil.

Dolphin Slaughtering Occurring in Brazil

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