TOKYO - Fishermen in the small Japanese town of Taiji killed more than two dozen striped dolphins on Thursday, campaigners said, as global outrage over the slaughter grows.
Activists from the militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd said the hunters were herding the animals into a screened-off area because they wanted to hide what they were doing.
"They continue to use tarps to cover the slaughter, and physically drive the pod under the tarps... to avoid cameras," Melissa Sehgal told AFP by telephone from Taiji.
"You can hear the dolphins splashing below," she said, as the fishermen stab a metal spike into their spinal cords.
"It was approximately 30 dolphins -- striped dolphins -- that were all slaughtered this morning."