A representative of Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston has denied reports claiming that the movie star has explicitly stated that she is boycotting Japan on account of its dolphin hunt practices. The known animal rights advocate has previously participated in videos calling for appeals to the Japanese government to put an end to the annual hunt in the small town of Taiji.
The rumor website RadarOnline published a statement from a source close to the actress, saying that while Aniston willingly goes anywhere in the world to promote her films, her only exception is Japan. “She doesn’t allow herself to be contractually required to travel to Japan because of that country’s policies toward fishing and specifically the treatment of dolphins,” the anonymous source reportedly told the website. But her representative says that the story by the gossip site is a “complete fabrication.” And given the track record of RadarOnline when it comes to Aniston, it’s highly likely the story is unsubstantiated.
But you can’t blame people for believing the story, as the actress has been very visible in the campaign against the dolphin hunt, starring in a public service announcement in conjunction with The Cove, the Oscar-winning documentary about the Taiji dolphin hunt, and now an American charity that is advocating the US government to pressure Japan into stopping the fishing practice. “My friend does not belong in captivity. Help us get the word out,” she says in the video.
[ via Daily Mail ]