DOLPHINS BUTCHERED FOR SHARK BAIT IN ILLEGAL HUNT OFF THE COAST OF PERU
For more than a decade scientists and environmentalists have been warning of a mass slaughter of dolphins around Peru.
Hundreds of fishing boats have been accused of killing the animals and using their fatty bodies as bait to catch sharks.
The killings, two or three per hunt, by hundreds of fishing boats around the country, add up each year to make it the biggest illegal slaughter of dolphins in the world, according to environmentalists.
Though illegal under Peruvian law, the slaughter is an “open secret” within fishing communities, according to marine conservation group Mundo Azul.It is estimated that 500 boats are involved in shark fishing, which means as many as 10,000 dolphins could be hunted each year and used as bait.