United States Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy may still be finding her footing as the highest-ranked envoy to the US’s strongest ally in Asia, but in the animal department, it seems she has committed another gaffe. On a visit to Kagoshima Prefecture, she remarked she’d like to try a local pork delicacy, but this angered a number of Japanese netizens.
Internet commenters reacted not because they were vegetarians, but because of Kennedy’s tweet earlier this year, about how the Taiji dolphin hunts were “inhumane” and should be stopped. The pork delicacy she was referring to during this visit, known as the Kagoshima kurobuta (“Kagoshima black pig”), comes from the Berkshire pig, which is a rare breed that reportedly has just over a few hundred breeding sows all over the world. Because the pork is rare and is heavily marbled, it became a prized delicacy in the region.
When news came out that Kennedy wanted to try out this dish, some netizens pointed out that it was very hypocritical of her, as she was just last January criticizing the slaughter of the dolphins in Taiji. While the two are vastly different species of course, both are fast becoming rare breeds. Comments like, “So pigs are OK but dolphins are no good, huh?” and “What’s the difference between pigs and dolphins?” spread throughout Japanese social media. There’s been no comment from the US Embassy in Japan regarding the “issue” at this time.
[ via Rocket News 24 ]