Japan dolphin-killing town to open marine park
TOKYO (AFP) - The Japanese town made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary The Cove will open a marine park where visitors can swim with dolphins, but officials said on Monday its annual slaughter of the creatures will continue in a nearby bay.
And unrepentant organisers say they want tourists to be able to eat dolphin and whale meat as they watch the captive animals frolic.
The town of Taiji has begun researching a plan to section off part of a cove and turn it into a place where people can swim in the water and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, local government official Masaki Wada told AFP.
But he insisted that far from having caved in to pressure from conservationists who want an end to a yearly hunt that turns waters red with blood, the project was aimed at helping to sustain the practice.