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Japanese Government Defends Mass Dolphin Kill: VIDEO

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The Japanese government Monday defended its practice of dolphin killing on Monday after U.S. ambassador Caroline Kennedy tweeted objections to it, the NYT reports:

DolphinMs. Kennedy objected to a form of fishing called “drive hunt” killing, in which dolphins are herded together by boats into an area they cannot escape, resulting in the capture of scores, if not hundreds, of dolphins. Critics have called the practice inhumane for the sheer number of dolphins killed and the threat it poses to the animal’s populations.

“Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries,” Ms. Kennedy said in her post on Saturday, referring to the United States government’s position on the issue.

On Tuesday, responding to the criticism, Japan’s chief cabinet secretary, Yoshihide Suga, defended the practice.

“Dolphin fishing is a form of traditional fishing in our country,” he said, responding to a question about Ms. Kennedy’s criticism. “We will explain Japan’s position to the American side.”

Watch a Euronews report on the cull, AFTER THE JUMP...

The Sea Shepherd conservation society has been monitoring the slaughter with a livestream and on Facebook.

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Caroline Kennedy Signs 'I Do' Petition Urging Obama to Support Marriage Equality

Caroline Kennedy, who expressed support for marriage equality in 2008 during her campaign to replace Senator Hillary Clinton, has become the 100,000th signer of Freedom to Marry's open letter to Obama urging the president to do the same.

Kennedycaroline The group writes:

"Falling in love, getting married, and building a family is part of the American dream," said Caroline Kennedy. "I believe that all Americans, including committed gay and lesbian couples, should have the opportunity to pursue that dream."

Freedom to Marry's "Say I Do" campaign was launched on March 14th with an Open Letter to the President signed by prominent Americans, including civil rights leaders, Hollywood stars, musicians, and business leaders.  Since then, 100,000 Americans have joined the campaign and signed on to the letter calling on the President to join "the majority of Americans who support the freedom to marry."

Sign the letter here.


Senator Ted Kennedy Remembered at JFK Library: Clips

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Senator Edward Kennedy was remembered at the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library in Dorchester, Massachusetts this evening. Here is one part of Vice President Joe Biden's moving remarks that might interest you:

"I think the legacy of Teddy Kennedy can be measured in no small part as a consequence of how we in America look at one another. How blacks look at whites. How gays look at straights. How straights look at gays. How we literally look at one another. And in turn how we look at ourselves. Because when you were with him you had to measure yourself against him. And it always required you to be larger than you were inclined to be."

Biden's full remarks, plus Orrin Hatch, John Kerry, Chris Dodd, John McCain, Joseph P. Kennedy, and Caroline Kennedy, AFTER THE JUMP...

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