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US envoy should visit Taiji to see dolphin hunt: Official

Published on Jan 21, 2014 2:49 PM
 
Dolphins are seen at a cove in Taiji, western Japan, on Jan 21, 2014. The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the "humane" killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said on Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

TOKYO (AFP) - The US ambassador to Japan should visit Taiji to see the "humane" killing methods used in the dolphin hunt, a local fisheries official said on Tuesday, days after Caroline Kennedy tweeted her disapproval of the slaughter.

His comments came as campaigners watching the hunt said the killing was under way, adding that the waters of the cove were red with the dolphins' blood.

The official, who did not wish to be named, said Ms Kennedy, the only surviving child of assassinated US President John F. Kennedy, should also see for herself how the hunt supports the local economy.

"This is a very small town in the countryside. We have no other major industries," he said.

 
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