Each year, around 3,000 dolphins are cruelly killed along the Peruvian coast, even though this has illegal since 1995. Unlike in Taiji, Japan, these innocent animals are not hunted within view of the shore. Rather, the illegal slaughter is hidden from public view, and conducted out at sea. The dolphins are corralled into nets, and then harpooned and brought aboard the boat. As if that weren’t bad enough, the defenseless animals are then brutally clubbed to death by the eager fisherman for over five minutes, or however long it takes the dolphins to die. Before the fisherman return to shore, they remove the meat and dump the rest of the body overboard. Stefan Austermühle, Executive Director of Mundo Azul, always finds the sight of dead dolphins to be a “horrific experience. The head and the fluke of the animal are the only parts still being intact. They are connected to each other only by the spine. All the meat has been stripped of the body and the intestines have been fallen off while the body was floating in the sea. The deep cuts of a knife around the head and fluke prove that the animal had been butchered.” The mercury-laden dolphin meat is sold for a little over one dollar at local black markets. The consumption of dolphin meat has been suggested to be linked to diabetes in humans, which has been proven in 240 scientific papers. In fact, research has shown that communities where people consume dolphin meat have an increased incidence of diabetes. Recently, the mayor of Peru has pledged to do all he can to end this sad slaying of dolphins. This is positive news for both the dolphins and the health of the Peruvian people! Please help to spread awareness of this merciless slaughter. That is the only way it will be stopped.