Are dolphins, whales and turtles routinely killed by drift nets? Animal rights groups hope graphic video will drive stricter regulations

Upset over controversial swordfish nets that inadvertently trap dolphins and other sea animals, a coalition of animal rights groups has released a graphic video in hopes of winning support for stricter regulations on the industry.

But drift gill net fishermen say depictions and statements in the online footage are misleading. Pointing to federal data, they say far fewer animals are killed than implied by activists intent on banning the mile-long nets used in Southern California.

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