Brazilian Fishermen Kill 83 Dolphins, Joke About It


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You'd better back away from your monitor because we're going to be sick, and it's not going to be pretty. Another primo example of human asshattery: A crew of Brazilian fishermen was caught on camera slaughtering 83 dolphins and then joking about their very illegal haul, according to Brazil's Ibama environmental protection agency.

The video, which was obtained by an undercover Ibama researcher and broadcast by the country's Globo TV, showed the fishermen netting the dolphins off the coast of Amapa state, near the point where the Amazon River flows into the Atlantic Ocean. Because the famously social and human-friendly marine mammals couldn't surface to breathe, they suffocated.

As the dolphins were hauled up onto the boat's deck, the fishermen on board laughed after someone said, "Everyone's going to jail after this filming!" Charges have not been filed because authorities are still trying to identify the parties involved, says Globo TV.Details about the video are still hazy—it's not clear whether the researcher or a crew member filmed the dolphins being killed, although Ibama confirmed the story.

According to the network, fishermen who illegally capture dolphins usually sell the meat to other boats as shark bait, while complete dolphin jaws are hawked in an open air market in the large Amazon city of Belem. Their eyes are also plied as fetishes to men who believe they have magical powers to attract financial riches and women. Dolphins penises are ground into a powder thought to make men more virile.

"Brazil has strict laws to protect whales and dolphins in their waters, and they are very clearly being abused," says Claire Bass, program manager for marine mammals with the London-based World Society for the Protection of Animals. "Using nets to kill these extremely sociable and intelligent animals by drowning them is completely diabolical."

In Brazil, killing dolphins is a crime punishable by up to 1.5 years in prison—not even close to what we had in mind, but Ibama is working on a plan to ban fishing in the areas where those dolphins were killed.

The nation also faces problems with the killing of river dolphins harpooned in the Amazon River for use as bait, Bass says. The dolphins are wounded and then tied to trees while they're still alive. "Then they come and kill them for the bait as and when they need it," Bass says.

That's it, we're seceding from the human race. Again. :: Chicago Tribune

See also: :: Dolphin-Friendly Radisson Cruises, :: Shipping Lanes Make Way for Dolphins, and :: Pink Dolphins at Risk

Tags: Biodiversity | Brazil | Conservation | Dolphins

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