He may not be able to step outside of American soil just yet, but eco-activist and Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson is not keeping silent just yet regarding Japan’s maritime activities. He says he is pleased with the tweet of U.S. Ambassador Caroline Kennedy condemning the annual dolphin hunt in the town of Taiji, which she referred to as “inhumane.”
Watson, who is currently in the U.S. to challenge a court injunction against his organization, said that high-profile statements like that of Ambassador Kennedy will add to the pressure on the Japanese government to halt practices like this, as well as their continued whaling, which they claim is for scientific purposes. Speaking to his colleagues in Taiji through a phone patch while on a live stream, Watson said anti-dolphin hunt comments from people in authority should convince Japan that this has “no place in the 21st century.” He also said he is sad that he cannot be with them now in Japan, and that this is “a difficult, frustrating and traumatising experience for all the people involved.”
The fishermen in Taiji who hunt the dolphins were featured in the Academy Award winning documentary “The Cove,” which brought international attention to their practice of coraling the dolphins in a secluded bay. Some of the dolphins are sold to aquariums and marine parks while some are killed for their meat. On Saturday, Kennedy tweeted, that she is “deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries.” Sea Shepherd said that at this time, the fishermen have corralled 250 dolphins but there is no number yet as to how many have already been killed or let go.
[ via Yahoo ]