- Posted January 20, 2014 by
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Daughter of Kennedy to offend the Japanese.
Caroline Kennedy, the eldest daughter of the former president, has resided in Japan since October 2013 as the U.S. ambassador to Japan. Following the footsteps of former ambassador John Roos, Kennedy opened an official Twitter account and has begun disseminating information in Japanese and English.
The following out-of-the-blue tweet from her official account has caused a stir: “Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing." While former ambassador Roos had also invited opinions regarding dolphin hunting, he himself never expressed clear opposition.
Why did Kennedy suddenly voice opposition to dolphin hunting? It turns out that nearly 250 dolphins, including an albino calf, had been captured around the same time in Taiji, a town made famous in the movie “The Cove.” Kennedy likely made her statement after reading a flood of anti-dolphin hunting protests lodged primarily by animal rights activists on the internet.
The ambassador issued her protest on behalf of the U.S. government, but many Japanese people are aware that whales and dolphins are also captured in the U.S. The ambassador’s tweet has invited wide-spread criticism and a backlash among Japanese people.
The ambassador defines dolphin hunting as inhumane, but her basis for deeming this as cruel in comparison to other kinds of hunting or the slaughter of livestock is vague. Rather, the special attention given to whales and dolphins highlights the peculiarity of the hippy generation’s way of thinking.
Given that Robert F. Kennedy Jr., a member of the same Kennedy family, has pleaded on behalf of Sea Shepherd, and the ambassador makes no secret of her love of animals, it is possible that the two Kennedys are sympathetic to the ideology of animal protection.