Jane Velez-Mitchell

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45 more dolphins killed in 'the cove'

45 more dolphins killed in 'the cove'

Approximately 45 more dolphins were killed in ‘the cove’ in Taiji, Japan.  These dolphins were killed for human consumption.  According to Sea Shepherd, about 600 dolphins have been killed since September 1st.  Jane spoke to Melissa Sehgal who is with Sea Shepherd and in Taiji who says these hunting boats are going out almost every day. 

For more information on the dolphin hunts and the organizations that are speaking out against them go to SeaShepherd.org , thedodo.com, or dolphinproject.org

More dolphins slaughtered in 'The Cove'

More dolphins slaughtered in 'The Cove'

Another pod of dolphins were driven into the cove in Taiji, Japan just days after almost 100 were either killed or taken into captivity. Despite an international outcry to stop these hunts, the boats continue to search for more dolphins. For more information on what is happening in Taiji go to SeaShepherd.org

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Here's what you need to know about dolphin hunts

Here's what you need to know about dolphin hunts

The dolphin hunt may be over, but the echoes and the ramifications are still reverberating around the world.

According to the group Sea Shepherd, by the time the bloody dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, ended Tuesday, 52 dolphins had been taken into captivity and 41 were slaughtered. Approximately, 130 dolphins were released, but activists say many of them will not survive.

The dolphin hunt in Taiji continues

The dolphin hunt in Taiji continues

The boats in Taiji went back out on Wednesday to hunt for more dolphins.

Jane Velez-Mitchell spoke to Melissa Sehgal from Sea Shepherd, who was in Taiji, as well as Kerry Lauerman from the dodo.com, and Ric O'Barry from the dolphin project

Tweet for Taiji: The dolphin hunt takes over Twitter

Tweet for Taiji: The dolphin hunt takes over Twitter

The dolphin hunt may be over, but the echoes and the ramifications are still reverberating around the world.

According to the group Sea Shepherd, by the time the bloody dolphin hunt in Taiji, Japan, ended Tuesday, 52 dolphins had been taken into captivity and 41 were slaughtered. Approximately, 130 dolphins were released, but activists say many of them will not survive.

Hundreds of dolphins face slaughter in Japan

Hundreds of dolphins face slaughter in Japan

More than 250 bottlenose dolphins are trapped in "The Cove" in Taiji, Japan, right now.

The dolphins have been herded there by fishermen where, according to activists, they will be selected for captivity. Among them are baby dolphins and even a rare albino calf.

250 dolphins rounded up in 'The Cove'

250 dolphins rounded up in 'The Cove'

See more on this story tonight on Jane Velez-Mitchell at 7 p.m. ET on HLN

More than 250 bottlenose dolphins are trapped in 'The Cove' in Taiji, Japan right now.

Petition: Poultry plants need rules

Petition: Poultry plants need rules

Two animal welfare groups - Farm Sanctuary and The Animal Welfare Institute - filled a petition with the United States Department of Agriculture, where they asked the agency to establish rules for poultry plants. In the petition, the organizations claim chickens and turkeys have no legal protection against abuse because they are not covered by the Humane Methods of Slaughter Act. The petition calls on the USDA to establish regulations and set penalties for those who violate it.   

In response to an HLN inquiry, the USDA said, “…we take humane handling very seriously and will give the petition a full review.”

Save the rhinos! By killing them?

Save the rhinos! By killing them?

A Texas organization auctioned off a permit to hunt black rhinos — in order to save the “critically endangered” species.  Huh?  The Dallas Safari Club got $350,000 for the controversial hunting permit, all of which will be donated to the Namibian government and supposedly earmarked to help protect endangered animals.  There are only an estimated 5,000 black rhinos left on Earth, and about 1,700 in Namibia.  Poachers often illegally hunt rhinos because their horns are very valuable and can be sold on the black market at a high profit.

Though the Dallas Safari Club has received death threats since announcing the auction, executive director Ben Carter claims, "This is the best way to have the biggest impact on increasing the black rhino population.”  Namibia auctions off five black rhino hunting permits a year, but this is first one ever made available outside of the country.

Rhino permit winner: I'm getting death threats

Rhino permit winner: I'm getting death threats

The man who recently won a permit to hunt a black rhino in Namibia now says he's receiving death threats.

Corey Knowlton told CNN that he entered the auction because he wanted to help save the species and raise awareness about wildlife conservation.

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