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Originally Posted: June 29, 2012

End the Brutal Slaughter of Bluefin Tunas

FROM Animal Equality / Igualdad Animal


Animal Equality has released an undercover investigation revealing the brutal slaughter of bluefin tunas, which takes place each year, between late May and early June, in Carloforte – a city in the district of Carbonia-Iglesias (Sardinia).

Urge the City Council of Carloforte, International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), European Fisheries Control Agency (EFCE) and the European Parliament to call for the abolition of this cruel practice immediately, and the prohibition of tuna fishing worldwide.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):

And/or better yet, make direct contact:

The International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas
Corazón de María
8. 28002 Madrid, SPAIN
phone 34 914 165 600
fax 34 914 152 612
[email protected]

EFCA - European Fisheries Control Agency
Apartado de correos 771
E-36200 Vigo Spain

General affairs
phone +34 986 12 06 10
[email protected]

External Communications and media
Patricia Sánchez Abeal
Communication Officer
phone +34 986 12 06 17
[email protected]


The tunas in the Mediterranean Sea are mainly caught by mobile traps, although traditional fixed traps are still used in the ‘tuna slaughter of Carloforte’.

The footage reveals the different stages of the slaughter: how the frantic and panicked tunas are stacked on-top of each other, injuring themselves during the capture; and how they are violently struck with harpoons and dragged to the boats, they are then stabbed in the heart and left choking and bleeding to death.

Dr. Lorelei Wakefield veterinarian expert and Founder of University of Pennsylvania ‘Veterinary Animal Welfare Society’, has reviewed the findings and commented:

Some fish were stabbed deeply in major arteries to bleed them out. Others were simply left to suffocate out of water. None of the tuna died quickly. They all thrashed around in a bloody mess for at least several minutes.

Thank you for everything you do for animals!