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Campaigners rally in Tokyo against Japan's dolphin hunting

Published on Jan 24, 2014 7:49 PM
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Around 20 anti-dolphin-hunting group members hold placards and shout slogans in front of Japan's Fisheries Agency in Tokyo on Jan 24, 2014, to urge the Japanese government to ban dolphin catching. Activists protesting against Japan's indigenous dolphin hunting held a rally in Tokyo on Friday, Jan 24, 2014, calling on officials to stop sales of the marine mammals to aquariums and as meat. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Activists protesting against Japan's indigenous dolphin hunting held a rally in Tokyo on Friday, calling on officials to stop sales of the marine mammals to aquariums and as meat.

Some two dozen campaigners, mostly Japanese, congregated in front of the Fisheries Agency with banners and pictures, urging the government to ban dolphin catching.

"Most Japanese people do not know about dolphin hunting," said Ms Noriko Ikeda, who organised the rally and is a member of Action for Marine Mammals.

"The government has argued the practise is part of the Japanese tradition and food culture.

 
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