US envoy urged to visit Taiji to see dolphin hunt

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TOKYO: The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the “humane” killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter.

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His comments came as campaigners watching the hunt said the killing was under way, adding that the waters of the cove were red with the dolphins’ blood.

The official, who did not wish to be named, said Kennedy, the only surviving child of assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, should also see for herself how the hunt supports the local economy.

“This is a very small town in the countryside. We have no other major industries,” he said.

“I want her to come and visit so that she can understand how we make a living from it. Many fishermen make a living from the hunting, and many others also earn their living by working at food processing factories.”

Kennedy stepped into the row on January 17 when she tweeted: “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG [US Government] opposes drive hunt fisheries.”

AFP

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