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Dolphin FishingThe primary factor behind the world's criticism of dolphin fishing? Is it the influence of movies, celebrities, and social media?

February 19, 2014
Dolphin FishingThe primary factor behind the world's criticism of dolphin fishing?
Is it the influence of movies, celebrities, and social media?

http://newsphere.jp/national/20140212-5/

The criticisms of dolphin fishing in Japan come one after another.
Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, tweeted that she is “deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries.

Also the Government officials in Germany and UK, and Yoko Ono, have clarified their opposing viewpoint.
There were also news reports of American celebrities like Sean Penn petitioning President Obama to help.
Overseas media tends to oppose dolphin fishing.[Opponents of dolphin fishing in Taiji said is not “tradition”]On February 14, Saint Valentine’s day, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which opposes dolphin fishing, conducted a protest action in front of the Japanese embassy in the USA.
Against the atrocity of Japan's whale and dolphin hunting Cathy Kangas, board of directors member of the American Humane Society (the largest animal protection organization in the world) applauded the statement Kennedy in the Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cathy-kangas/a-valentines-day-gift-for_b_4759839.html

Kangas said that the Japanese government was apoplectic over Ambassador Kennedy's criticism. But the State Department backed her. We need more diplomats like Ambassador Kennedy, who are not afraid to call attention to cruel and inhumane practices against animals.
One Green Planet (.org) said that the argument of the Japan side, that the dolphin fishing is "tradition", is unfair.
The argument is that most of the Japanese feel the criticism of dolphin fishing is an attack on Japanese culture.
No one has the right to judge the food culture of each country.
However, the present dolphin fishing uses high tech equipment and techniques, and can’t be compared with the traditional fishing.
Dolphin fishing in Taiji, Wakayama, started 1969, which is very recently.
This cannot be truly called “tradition”.Taiji town is demanding that U.S. ambassador Kennedy visit Taiji and verify the "reality" that their fishing is proper.The killing of whale and dolphin may not be so much different from the killing of cattle, sheep and chickens, fin terms of ethical legitimacy.
However, from the point of view of health, it is well known that the meat is contaminated by toxic lead and mercury, One Green Planet said.
They also said that true motive of dolphin fishing in Taiji is not meet for food, but live dolphins to sell to underwater parks and aquariums, which earns a much higher price.Dolphin-drive fishing, which has been happening since 1969, is recently creating a different sensation overseas from what it had before.
The biggest cause of this was the Academy Award in 2010 for the movie “The Cove” (2009).This film has generated a rapid increase in interest of the media in dolphin fishing, US media Ecology reported.
The movie director Louis Psihoyos said that a good documentary film the work can have a continuing affect on the world.
This movie is already 5 years old, but still now it has power to pose questions.
This year, the argument is overheated even more.
This is due partly to the statements of some famous people.
Plus, the discussion in social media has also increased, making the issue a matter of concern around the world.

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