Ambassador Kennedy condemns Japan's dolphin slaughter

U.S. Ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy condemned Japan’s practice of slaughtering dolphins in an annual hunt on Monday.

“Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries," Kennedy tweeted Monday. USG is the U.S. government. 

On Tuesday, however, Japanese fishermen went ahead with the hunt, and killed at least 30 dolphins, according to Reuters. This slaughter was out of more than 200 dolphins that had reportedly been trapped in a cove. 

Activists said those that weren’t killed were released, according to Reuters.

British Ambassador to Japan Timothy Hitchens also echoed Kennedy’s comments.

“UK opposes all forms of dolphin and porpoise drives; they cause terrible suffering. We regularly raise (the issue) with Japan,” he said, Reuters reports. 

The tradition was depicted in Academy Award-winning documentary called “The Cove.”

Japan says the practice is legal since it’s not banned under an international treaty, and the dolphins are not considered endangered animals.