Skip to main content
  1. Life
  2. Pets
  3. General Pets

Japan defensive after Kennedy criticism of Taiji Cove dolphin hunt

See also

Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga has gone on the defensive concerning his country’s annual dolphin hunt at Taiji cove following a tweet by US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy expressing her concern over the “inhumane practice.

"Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," he said, responding to a question about Kennedy's criticism. "We will explain Japan's position to the American side."
He also stressed the fact that there is nothing in international law banning dolphin hunting, and that they are not an “endangered species.”

The hunt first gained international notoriety when it was documented in the film “The Cove,” which depicted the struggle between eco-activists, Japanese fisherman and police in 2009. The film, which won the Academy Award was directed by Louis Psihoyos (a former photographer for National Geographic).

Each year fishermen from Taiji round up hundreds of dolphins near their village in western Japan, where some animals are captured for sale to marine parks, while others are killed for their meat. Those not taken are released back to the ocean.

This year, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society founder Paul Watson reported that 250 animals have been herded into the cove.

"The dolphins face a violent and stressful captive selection process. Babies and mothers will be torn from each other’s sides as some are taken for captivity, some are killed and others are driven out to sea to fend for themselves," he said. He also expressed great concern for a rare albino calf, expected to be the “top prize” this year.

Advertisement

Life

  • Transgender cop
    A transgender police officer is stepping down from her position to run for office
    Video
    Political Office
  • Easter eggs
    Craft delicate, hand-painted eggs with flowers and other designs celebrating spring
    Camera
    Easter Eggs
  • Subway message
    Subway customer finds 'Big Mama' written on her order
    Video
    Subway Message
  • Working from home
    Working from home can be an exciting venture. Get tips to ensure productivity
    Camera
    Get Tips
  • Limes
    Rising cost of limes could be putting the squeeze on your favorite restaurant
    Expensive Limes
  • Pope Francis
    Religion: Pope Francis instructs how to fight against Satan
    Morning Mass

User login

Log in
Sign in with your email and password. Or reset your password.
Write for us
Interested in becoming an Examiner and sharing your experience and passion? We're always looking for quality writers. Find out more about Examiner.com and apply today!