Dolphins in Japan - level 2

Dolphins in Japan - level 2

28-01-2014 14:00

Japanese fishermen wrangled hundreds of dolphins into a closed area in a hunt, which happens every year.

The fishermen hit the dolphins with their boats and wrestle them, as they need to select some of the animals. These will be sold to aquariums, but most of the dolphins will be killed for meat.

The killing of dolphins is called “pithing”. The sad thing about it is that the dolphins do not die immediately. It takes around 20 to 30 minutes for the dolphins to die.

Fishermen say that the cull is a traditional part of their lives and that they have been fishing dolphins and whales for thousands of years.

Difficult words: wrangle (make move to one place), hunt (catching and killing animals), cull (killing of animals).

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