Caroline Kennedy, the newly minted U.S. Ambassador to Japan, has spoken out against the country’s practice of dolphin killing, calling it “inhumane.”
An annual dolphin hunt season, which runs from September to March, takes place in the western Japanese town of Taiji. As depicted in the Oscar-winning 2009 documentary “The Cove,” fishermen use a method called “drive hunting,” to herd a few hundred dolphins into a cove, where they are trapped by fishing nets. Some are released, a few are chosen to be sold to marine parks and aquariums, but the majority are slaughtered on shore for meat.
In a diplomatically bold move, Kennedy expressed her “deep concern” with this post on her official Twitter:
Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries.— キャロライン・ケネディ駐日米国大使 (@CarolineKennedy) January 18, 2014
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