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Japan exported mainly to China half of the dolphins captured alive by a method considered cruel by environmentalists. These animals survived the traditional annual hunting ceremony in the Bay of Taiji, where cetaceans are taken to nearby reefs then cut up to be sold as meat.

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency of Investigation, of the 760 dolphins which escaped alive between 2009 and 2014, 354 were sold to other countries, with 216 going to China. The price could have exceed €7000 per animal.

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