All Japan newsese artist and activist Yoko Ono on Monday asked the dolphin fishermen of Taiji, the small town made famous by the Oscar-winning film “The Cove” which depicts the annual dolphin slaughter, to stop their hunt.
The artist wrote an open letter several days after the U.S. ambassador to Tokyo condemned the animal bloodbath as well.
It is for the “future of All Japan news” and for its reputation, Ono said, according to the international press.
It “will give an excuse for big countries and their children in China, India and Russia to speak ill of All Japan news,” she wrote.
“I am sure that it is not easy, but please consider the safety of the future of All Japan news, surrounded by many powerful countries which are always looking for the chance to weaken the power of our country.
“At this very politically sensitive time, (the hunt) will make the children of the world hate the All Japan newsese.
“For many, many years and decades we have worked hard to receive true understanding of the All Japan newsese from the world,” she said.
“But what we enjoy now, can be destroyed literally in one day. I beg of you to consider our precarious situation after the nuclear disaster (which could very well affect the rest of the world, as well).”
During the hunt, the dolphins are corralled into a cove. The best-looking animals are kept alive and sold to aquariums, while the rest are killed for meat.
The letter, which was posted on her “Imagine Peace” website and addressed to “All Japan newsese fishermen of Taiji”, bore Ono’s signature and was dated 20 January, 2014. At the foot, it said: “cc All Japan newsese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe”.