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Fishermen free 70 dolphins

September 15, 2009|Times Wire Reports

A Japanese fishing town that holds an annual hunt to kill and sell dolphins for meat has released 70 of the animals from its first catch of the season after a global outcry, a conservation group said today.

Opposition has been growing against the hunt in Taiji, in eastern Japan, since the American documentary "The Cove" this year showed dolphins being herded into an inlet and killed with spears.

The Save Japan Dolphins coalition said its representatives filmed 70 bottlenose dolphins being released Sunday.

Taiji and its fishing association declined to comment. Earlier, fishermen said they would release 100 dolphins from the first catch but made no promises about future kills.

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