Pubdate: Mon, 01 Apr 2002
Source: New York Post (NY)
Copyright: 2002 N.Y.P. Holdings, Inc.
Author: Bill Hoffmann
Note: Per MAP editor's follow-up contact with quoted source, source did not 
suggest that tuna boats operated by drug cartels fished in a different 
manner than 'legitimate' fisherman in Mexican waters.  Source suggested 
that all fishing boats operating in these waters were fishing in a manner 
that threatened dolphin populations, and that remedy was uniformly barring 
imports of tuna from Mexico and elsewhere which are produced by 
'dolphin-unfriendly' methods.


The world's growing illegal-drug trade is claiming innocent new victims: 
tens of thousands of dolphins.

The playful sea mammals are being slaughtered by Latin American gangs using 
the fishing industry as cover for smuggling cocaine into the United States 
and other countries.

Federal agents say crime syndicates in Colombia and Mexico have bought tuna 
fleets and canneries in South and Central America.

The boats are used to transport cocaine and the fishing companies provide a 
means of laundering the profits.

"The drug cartels don't care how they catch the tuna, so they don't fish in 
a dolphin-friendly way," Ben White of the Washington-based Animal Welfare 
Institute told London's Sunday Telegraph.
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