Dolphin Slaughter Persuasive Essay

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“We won’t have a society if we destroy the environment.” Many environmentalists believe this is true when it comes to businesses overruling the environment in so many cases. In the Japanese dolphin slaughters is a prime example of that. The dolphin slaughters are eventually going to cause an entire species to become extinct because they are killing around 20,000 bottlenose dolphins per year. Taiji, alone, kills more than 2,300 Bottlenose Dolphins during the hunting seasons (Glionna). Japan likes to say that they are only doing this for the dolphin meat and to sell the living dolphins; however, this is a false statement because there is little to no demand for dolphin meat (Miller). The demand for dolphin meat is slim to none because of the high amounts of mercury found in it (Conservationists).…show more content…
Killing the dolphins in the coves turns the water completely red from all the blood. When this happens it is releasing massive amounts of mercury back into the oceans which eventually contaminated other sea creatures (Glionna). Maybe the slaughters would be okay if the country followed all the rules and regulations; however, they are not abiding by the species of dolphins they are allowed to kill. They are only supposed to be allowed to kill Bottlenose Dolphins but they are also killing several other species in the process (McNeil). The main species being killed are the Bottlenose Dolphins, Spotted Dolphins, Risso’s Dolphins, False Killer Whales, and Short-Finned Pilot Whales. All of those species listed are considered threatened by IUCN-World Conservation Union. If these species were to become extinct or endangered there would be an overpopulation of fish in the oceans (Conservationists). In many ways, the Japanese businesses doing these drive hunts are causing many different problems the environment that will eventually come back to haunt the
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