Fareed speaks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe about the recent controversy over the killing of dolphins in Taiji. Watch the full interview on "Fareed Zakaria GPS" this Sunday at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. ET on CNN.
Mr. Prime Minister, you know that there is around the world now a controversy. I was wondering what your reaction was to the idea of suggested by the U.S. ambassador that it is inhumane.
The dolphin fishing that takes place in Taiji town is an ancient fishing practice deeply rooted in their culture and their practices and supports their livelihoods. We hope you will understand this.
In every country and region, there are practices and ways of living and culture that have been handed down from ancestors. Naturally, I feel that these should be respected.
At the same time, I am aware that there are various criticisms. I have also heard they are making major improvement in their fishing methods. Both the fishing and fishing methods are strictly regulated.
Yakuza Abe repeats the same lies over and over. This is all about the profit from captive dolphin trade, and nothing to do with food. Dolphins are brutally separated from family when chosen for captivity, and the rest are butchered into mystery meat, mislabeled as tuna, sold as pet food.
What an idiot! How would 'ancient fishermen' have caught these huge numbers of dolphins without motorized boats. And yeah, it supports their livelihoods b/c they sell a bunch of live ones to SeaWorld and their counterparts. And to eat dolphin meat that is full of heavy metals is a great way to ruin your next generation. Maybe he's eaten a bit too much whale and dolphin meat.
Really? they dont need modernlized boats do accomplish this. How were the great pyrmids built etc...
Guess all east Asians are not so bright after all
What an ignorant and racist thing to say which has naught impact upon the issue being discussed.
* j a p a n e s e* are one of the most inhumane and dangerous nations – and we need to block them!
pls dont kill any animal and go vegan. good for all human beings. if you eat meat ,you have no right to blame others
As if our method of brutally slaughtering cattle and livestock is ok. I mean, most are still alive when they goe into the cutting process
I am not a fan of the dolphin hunting, and I think the "it's a tradition" is the most vile and irrelevant of excuse ever put forth by intelligent human beings. HOWEVER, and this must be said, before Americans spout off on the topic while downing their cheese burger, I am sorry, but you need to visit a cow / sheep / pig slaughter house particularly of the mechanized variety where the animals are picked up by a leg and moved assembly line fashion through proessing machines. Let's clean up our own country before we go marching around the world in protest of behaviors no worse than our own.
It is purely a money making scheme.It is different if you are fishing for smaller fishes but this is a known intelligent being which has saved many people at sea.If my tradition tells me i need to kill 500 cows should i go ahead and do it?We are talking about live breathing animals.They are not ours to kill as we wish so you should show more compassion and stop this.There are many other less violent ways to make money or continue your tradition.
The culture excuse is just that, a lame excuse. There are also certain cultures around the world that used to practice cannibalism or headhunting. Should we allow those to continue as well? Certain cultures also used to allow slave trading and I'm pretty sure most cultures would balk at allowing that now. So this culture excuse doesn't fly.
por favor BASTA DE TANTA CRUELDAD EN NOBRE DE LA CULTURA............POR FAVORRRRRRRRRRRRRRR.:(
He must be challenged to a debate on this by the anti-slaughter experts to prove what garbage he is spouting.
It started after the Second World War that's not a ancient tradition. Even if it was we are supposed to be more intelligent that our ancestors. Does he know what evolve means. He's just babbling a bunch of grabber
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