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Japanese Police Practice For Dolphin Hunt Protests

They're working hard to protect the dolphins hunters!

Japanese police and coast guard officers practiced chasing a protest boat and arresting activists Wednesday in preparation for annual dolphin hunts that are attracting more foreign opponents to a sleepy fishing village.

The security drill with about 100 officers was aimed at guarding the southwestern town of Taiji.

In a mock chase in the cove, a coast guard patrol ship stopped the protest boat and arrested a pair of activists for trespassing and vandalizing the net.

On the ground, police officers practiced arresting other activists trying to block a truck carrying a freshly harvested dolphin. (sounds like a civil war protest)

Japan allows about 20,000 dolphins to be caught each year. Only about 2,000 of those are taken in Taiji, but it has caught attention because the town's practice is to push the animals to shore and slaughter them in shallow water, as opposed to harpooning them at sea.

So frigg'n sad!

[Image via AP Images.]

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