Guns N' Roses star fights for dolphins
Former Guns N' Roses drummer Matt Sorum has visited a remote Japanese fishing village to protest against its annual dolphin hunt.
Sorum, who now leads his own band, is the latest celebrity to join the increasingly global campaign to stop the dolphin kill in Taiji, a quaint fishing village in central Japan made famous by the Academy Award-winning 2009 film about the hunt called The Cove.
The movie depicts how dolphins are herded into a cove and speared by fishermen for meat. The fishermen say the hunt is part of their village's tradition and call Western critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.
The film features Ric O'Barry, who trained dolphins for the 1960s TV seris Flipper and has devoted the latter part of his life to protecting dolphins. Sorum arrived in Taiji on Sunday, the day the annual dolphin hunt begins, with O'Barry and conservationists.
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"Like a bad nightmare, I'm watching it almost like a twilight zone, surreal, looking into my eyes in complete disbelief – what's going on in front of me," Sorum said, speaking by phone from Taiji after witnessing the hunt.
Dolphin and whale meat is considered an eccentric delicacy in Japan, though not all Japanese eat it and not all Japanese know about the hunts. Some nationalist groups have used the controversy to highlight their own message, accusing O'Barry and other Westerners of interfering with Japanese culture.