A coalition of Costa Rican environmental groups plans to protest Friday at the Japanese Embassy over the slaughter of dolphin and similar species in that country.
The town of Taiji, Japan, is well known as a place where dolphin and other sea mammals are rounded up into a bay and then killed for meat.
Protesters said the group is the Coalición Costarricense por las Ballenas. The group estimated that the Japanese kill 23,000 dolphin a year. The Japanese report the number is much lower.
The killings in Taiji traditionally start Sept. 1 each year, so protesters plan their demonstration Friday at 9 a.m. The embassy is in Sabana Norte across the street from the national stadium.