Tuna-Dolphin Case

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Tuna-Dolphin Case

The discovery that tuna fishers were ensnaring dolphins in their netting, injuring or killing many. Tuna swim near dolphins in the wild for protection from sharks. As a result, tuna fishing boats tracked dolphins to find tuna. Because dolphins are considered among the most highly intelligent species on Earth, many found this practice to be unethical. As a result, various companies and governments began taking steps to ensure tuna fishing practices were "dolphin safe" and did not injure dolphins. The U.S. Department of Commerce began issuing dolphin safe labels in 1990.