Support Ambassador Caroline Kennedy and the Dolphins
By Mark J. Palmer
International Marine Mammal Project
Earth Island Institute
Over a very hard weekend for the dolphins in Taiji, the new US Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, spoke out for the dolphins.
Ambassador Kennedy, in response to news reports that as many as 250 bottlenose dolphins were trapped in the Cove and waiting to be slaughtered, sent out a tweet: "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing.” She further added that the official position of the US government was to oppose the killing of dolphins.
The reaction from the Japanese government was unfortunately as expected. Mr. Yoshida Suga, the chief cabinet Secretary and a spokesman for the government, was asked about the US Ambassador’s opposition at a press conference.
"Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country," he replied. He then added ominously, "We will explain Japan's position to the American side."
Japan’s government explanations for their actions on whaling and killing dolphins are full of lies and bombast. They are not interested in discussing the issue, nor do they stick to traditional Japanese courtesy and diplomatic niceties.
Ambassador Caroline Kennedy needs to be supported in her position. The Japan government will obviously go over her head to protest to the Obama Administration and the US State Department. And there are factions in the Obama Administration who have been less than supportive of the U.S. position against Japan’s whaling.
As Jane Velez-Mitchell said on her program last night (which featured Ric O'Barry): “Right on, Caroline!”
WHAT YOU CAN DO:
Photo courtesy US State Department.
Ric O’Barry and Earth Island’s Dolphin Project Team are seeking a meeting in Tokyo with Ambassador Kennedy and in December sent her materials including a copy of The Cove.
Send a message to the White House and to Secretary of State John Kerry, urging them to support Ambassador Kennedy and use their influence to end the Taiji dolphin hunts.
You can send a message to the US Embassy in Japan thanking Ambassador Caroline Kennedy for opposing the Taiji dolphin drive hunts. You can encourage her to use her influence to help end the hunts.
Photo of Angel and her deceased mother by Karla Sanjur.