The Japanese government allows fishermen to slaughter thousands of dolphins and small whales in so-called drive hunts. During drive hunts, fishermen panic and confuse migrating dolphins and other small whales with loud banging on metal pipes. They herd the dolphins into shallow coves and butcher them brutally. Every year, over 20,000 dolphins and other whale species are killed this way, including bottlenose dolphins, striped dolphins, spotted dolphins, Risso's dolphins, short-finned pilot whales, white-sided dolphins, and false killer whales. Dolphins are intelligent, self-aware mammals with bonded social interactions. The Japanese dive hunts have been condemned by animal welfare experts around the world as brutal and inhumane, but pleas to stop them have been ignored. Please sign this petition asking the Australian Government to make ending the dolphin slaughter a high priority in all negotiations with the Japanese government.
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