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By Ann Tyller | January 24, 2014 8:05 pm
Dolphin Hunting And The
International Olympic Committee –
The international attention to the dolphin issue started a few years ago after the 2009 release of “The Cove,” an Oscar-winning documentary that was directed by former National Geographic photographer Louis Psihoyos
Every year the fishermen of Taiji – a small fishing town in Japan’s Wakayama prefecture – drive hundreds of dolphins into a cove, select some for sale to marine parks, release some back into the sea and kill the rest for meat.
This year more than 250 bottlenose dolphins have been rounded up, according to Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.
But this year this year hunt become infamous thanks to a twit by US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy, the daughter of slain President John F. Kennedy. Kennedy was playing a role in his re-election campaign.
“Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing,” Kennedy tweeted last week, adding that the U.S. government opposes such forms of fishery.
She was joined by music legend Yoko Ono, the wife of legendary Beatles John Lennon, who said that this dolphin hunt provides an opportunity for other nations to speak ill of Japan.
Japan has long maintained that killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty and that the animals are not endangered, adding that dolphins need to be culled to protect fishing grounds.
Keep in mind Japan is the U.S.’ fourth-largest trading partner and home to the Navy’s 7th Fleet and 50,000 American troops
Dolphins are highly-intelligent, complex animals and that there is no moral or cultural justification for killing them now that we know as much about them as we do now. Okay, they might not be as smart as we would like them to be but sertaly smart enough to comprehend their killing.
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