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Bug #39854 closed:corrected

Japan Times Low Balls Dolphin Catch

 
This bug appeared in a news report published by The Japan Times on Jan 19, 2014. View the original news report.
Bug Type:  Other A January 19, 2014 wire report (Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt) appearing in the Japan Times states that during the Japanese village of Taiji’s annual dolphin hunt, “fishermen and divers in the village have caught at least 25 dolphins in a process to select captives before the mass slaughter…” Other Japan Times reports and a February editorial put the figure at 250 dolphins (out of which a lesser number of the marine mammals were either slaughtered or selected to be sold into captivity to aquariums around the world before the rest were released). While the Japan Times article is technically not wrong in stating that at least 25 dolphins were rounded up for killing and capturing, the fact that the figure is off by a factor of ten suggests that somebody just forgot to add a zero. It seems like a small error but probably not to a dolphin or those like the subject of the article who are concerned about their shrinking numbers. 

 

Response

JT Cassidy has contacted The Japan Times and received the following response.

The Japan Times has corrected the error although it has done so without explaining the change in detail (other than noting the date the article was last modified).

Bug History

Oct 24, 2014 9:13 pm Open JT Cassidy
Oct 24, 2014 9:27 pm Open: Under Discussion JT Cassidy
Jun 25, 2015 3:24 pm Closed: Corrected JT Cassidy

Discussion Leave a comment

 

The formatting on this seems to have gotten messed up. It should start off (and finish) like this:

A January 19, 2014 wire report (Kennedy tweets concern over Taiji dolphin hunt) appearing in the Japan Times states that during the Japanese village of Taiji’s annual dolphin hunt, “fishermen and divers in the village have caught at least 25 dolphins in a process to select captives before the mass slaughter…” Other Japan Times reports and a February editorial put the figure at 250 dolphins (out of which a lesser number of the marine mammals were either slaughtered or selected to be sold into captivity to aquariums around the world before the rest were released).

While the Japan Times article is technically not wrong in stating that at least 25 dolphins were rounded up for killing and capturing, the fact that the figure is off by a factor of ten suggests that somebody just forgot to add a zero. It seems like a small error but probably not to a dolphin or those like the subject of the article who are concerned about their shrinking numbers.

Oct 24, 2014 9:27 pm