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US envoy to Japan Caroline Kennedy tweets concern at dolphin hunt

Published on Jan 19, 2014 3:33 PM
US Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy at the Nagasaki Atomic Bomb Museum in Nagasaki, western Japan, in this photo taken by Kyodo on December 10, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy has tweeted her concern at the "inhumaneness" of a Japanese village's traditional dolphin hunt.

"Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries," she tweeted on January 17.

Ms Kennedy, the lone surviving child of assassinated president John F. Kennedy, took up the diplomatic post late last year.

Every year the fishermen of Taiji corral hundreds of dolphins in a secluded bay, select a few dozen for sale to aquariums and marine parks and stab the rest to death for meat.

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