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NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: IKI ISLAND JAPAN TITLE: DOLPHIN KILL SERVICED DATE: 02/26/78 NO: LNC DATE SHOT: 02/24/78 LENGTH: 50FT SECONDS: 80 SOUND: MUTE DATE OF ARRIVAL:
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NOTES: COL PRINT LOCATION: IKI ISLAND JAPAN TITLE: DOLPHIN KILL SERVICED DATE: 02/26/78 NO: LNC DATE SHOT: 02/24/78 LENGTH: 50FT SECONDS: 80 SOUND: MUTE DATE OF ARRIVAL: FILM SHOWS: AERIALS OF THE DOLPHIN SLAUGHTER OFF IKI ISLAND SHOWING THE SEA STAINED RED WITH BLOOD AND VARIOUS SHOTS OF THE TRAPPED AND DYING FISH AND THE FISHING BOATS LEAD IN: NAGASAKI PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT OFFICIALS HAVE DEFENDED THE SLAUGHTER OF 1 000 DOLPHINS OFF THE BEACHES OF IKI ISLAND OFF JAPAN'S SOUTHERN MAIN ISLAND OF KYUSHU. TAKASHI HASHIMOTO, CHIEF OF THE GOVERNMENT'S FISHERIES DIVISION, SAID ON SUNDAY (26 FEBRUARY) THAT KILLING MIGHT APPEAR A MERCILASS ACT TO OUTSIDERS BUT TO LOCAL FISHERMEN IT WAS AN ACT OF SELF DEFENCE, "A LIFE OR DEATH MATTER". THE FISHERMEN WHO CLUBBED AND STABBED THE DOLPHINS TO DEATH ARE TO COLLECT 12 DOLLARS IN GOVERNMENT BOUNTY FOR EACH ONE KILLED. BUT THEY ARE DISSATISFIED WITH THE MONEY AND SAY THEY WANT MORE NEXT TIME. FRIDAY'S SLAUGHTER STAINED THE SEA RED AND THE BEACHES OF IKI ISLAND WERE COVERED WITH GORE THE FOLLOWING DAY. FEET R/SECS 15 24 GV AERIALS OF FISH TRAPPING AREA AND RED-STAINED SEA 21 34 GV ZOOM IN ON BOATS AND DOLPHINS 23 37 GV ZOOM IN ON BEACH COVERED WITH DEAD FISH 33 53 MCU THRASHING FISH IN THE SHALLOWS PAN BEACH 39 62 MCU TRACK BEACH 50 80 GV BEACH COMMENTARY: NEWSMEN WHO WITNESSED THE TWO-DAY ARE MASSAORE SAID THE BOTTLE-NOSED DOLPHINS - WHO ARE PLAYFUL, INQUISITIVE AND HIGHLY INTELLIGENT - WERE LURED INTO SHALLOW WATER AND BLUDGEONED TO DEATH. THE FISHERMEN JUSTIFY THE SLAUGHTER SAYING THE DOLPHINS EAT CUTTLEFISH AND YELLOWTAIL - REDUCING THE POTENTIAL CATCH BY ONE THIRD. AFTER BATTERING THE DOLPHINS THE FISHERMEN CUT OFF THEIR HEADS, SLIT THEIR STOMACHS, TIED THEIR BODIES TO CONCRETE BLOCKS AND DUMPED THEM INTO THE SEA. COMPLAINING ABOUT THE SMALLNESS OF THE BOUNTY PAID FOR THE KILLINGS THE FISHERMEN COMPLAINED:"EVEN IF WE CATCH THE DOLPHINS WE CANNOT DISPOSE OF THEM IN ANY USEFUL WAY. BUT IF WE DON'T KILL THEM WE LOSE OUR LIVELIHOOD." IN NEW YORK GREENPEACE ENVIRONMENTAL PRESERVATION SOCIETY SPOKESMAN ROBERT TAUNT SAID THE NAGASAKI PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT SHOULD BE BROUGHT BEFORE AN INTERNATIONAL "COURT OF LAW FOR THE SEAS" FOR AUTHORISING THE KILL. "JAPAN HAS SLAUGHTERED WHALES BY THE THOUSANDS," HE SAID, "AND NOW THEY ARE ENGAGED IN A MADNESS THAT MUST NOT GO UNNOTICED OR UNCONDEMNED." TAUNT WENT ON TO SAY THE INCIDENT COULD NOT HAVE HAPPENED IN THE UNITED STATES OR ANY NATION THAT CONSIDERED ITSELF TO BE CIVILISED. HE SAID HE CONSIDERED THE OFFICIALS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE SLAUGHTER TO BE "CRIMINAL".
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