Dolphin slaughter defended

Last updated 05:04 21/01/2014

The annual dolphin hunting season has begun in Japan's Taiji cove, which activists say is a cruel practice. Michaela Cabrera reports.

Relevant offers

Asia

Impossible to determine cause of death Skyscraper mania grips China TransAsia plane crash cause probed Taiwan crash kills dozens 13 children killed in school bus crash Airline wins support after poignant MH17 tweet Giant toad sparks China censorship row China braces itself for second typhoon Russian rebel at the centre of the MH17 probe Thai junta chief could remain PM

A Japanese government spokesman defended an annual dolphin hunt, a day after US Ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted that she was deeply concerned by the inhumanity of the practice.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told a news conference that dolphin fishing in Japan is carried out appropriately in accordance with the law.

"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."

Kennedy tweeted on Sunday (local time): "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing." She added that the US government opposes such fishing.

Drive hunt refers to the practice of herding the dolphins into a cove, where they are trapped and later killed.

The hunt in the fishing village of Taiji in western Japan has come under international criticism and was the subject of the Academy Award-winning 2009 film The Cove.

The fishermen in Taiji say the hunt is part of their village tradition and call foreign critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.

Ad Feedback

- AP

Special offers

Featured Promotions

Sponsored Content