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15 endangered species that are still on the menu

By: Bryan Nelson on Aug. 2, 2010, 12:10 p.m.

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Dolphins and whales

Cetaceans are some of the most intelligent and social animals in the world. Unfortunately, they are still viewed as meat by many cultures. Although commercial whaling was banned in 1986, there are loopholes in the ban that allow for scientific whaling and smallscale hunts by some aboriginal cultures. Furthermore, dolphin hunting for meat is still largely unregulated, and is the subject of much controversy, as was highlighted in the Academy Award-winning documentary, "The Cove." Dolphin slaughters still happen in many places, including in Taiji, Japan, and across Scandinavia.