Rock star joins protest against Japan's annual dolphin hunt
TOKYO (AP) - Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum was in a remote Japanese fishing village on Monday to protest against Japan's annual dolphin hunt.
Sorum, who now leads his own group, is the latest celebrity to join the increasingly global campaign to stop the dolphin kill in Taiji, a quaint fishing village in central Japan made famous by the Academy Award-winning 2009 film about the hunt called The Cove. The movie depicts how dolphins are herded into a cove and speared by fishermen for their meat. The fishermen say the hunt is part of their village's tradition and call Western critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.
The film features Mr Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the 1960s Flipper TV series and has devoted the latter part of his life to protecting dolphins and keeping them in nature.
Sorum arrived in Taiji on Sept 1, the day the annual dolphin hunt begins, with Mr O'Barry and dozens of Japanese and Western conservationists. "Like a bad nightmare, I'm watching it almost like a twilight zone, surreal, looking into my eyes in complete disbelief. what's going on in front of me," Sorum said, speaking by phone from Taiji after witnessing the hunt.