One of the incentives for the Japanese slaughter of dolphins is that some of the dolphins they catch can be sold for as much as $100,000 to "Swim With Dolphins" attractions.
Read the World Society for the Protection of Animals excellent article "What's Wrong With Swimming WIth Dolphins?"
Here's one excerpt from that article:
"Perhaps the most damaging aspect of the SWTD industry is the misconception it perpetuates among the general public. SWTD programs present themselves as "educational" and "eco-friendly". They market themselves to people who love dolphins, care about conservation and are looking for a tangible way to express this interest. What SWTD participants don't realize is that by patronizing these programs, they are not only contributing to this expanding, profit-driven industry, but they are ensuring that dolphins will continue to be captured from the wild and suffer in captivity."
Make no mistake . . . swim with dolphin programs are about making money. A single dolphin can bring in millions a year; it's an industry worth over a billion dollars. You might be thinking that not every dolphin comes from Japan and is part of the slaughter machine.
What about dolphins born in captivity?
The Cove website provides a great answer to this question:
"It is the same question slave owners asked about children born into slavery."