Outrage at Kennedy’s “Stop Killing Dolphins!” Tweet



US ambassador to Japan Caroline Kennedy’s tweets officially condemning the “inhumaneness” of her host country’s dolphin hunting antics are proving highly controversial, with even those who oppose them forced to wonder at her diplomatic nous..

Princess Kennedy tweeted her opposition to dolphin hunting in Japanese (which she does not apparently have any grasp of herself):

The American government opposes dolphin drive hunts. We are deeply concerned about the inhumanity of dolphin drive hunt fishing.

And subsequently in English with slightly different wording:

Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG opposes drive hunt fisheries.

Ambassador Kennedy’s appointment was feted by the Japanese media and Americanophiliac elements as a symbol of just how much the US values its vassal, although the more sceptical were left wondering as to just what practical use a washed up senator with no diplomatic experience or knowledge of Japan would be.


Twitter has seen scores of critical responses in response to her tweet (although only expressions of unanimous approval appear to be allowed to feature as responses to her English tweet), and 2ch has already expended well over eight thousand posts in condemning her as an ignorant barbarian:

“It’s about time she was sent packing.”

“Caroline, do you think all the baby cows and lambs you slaughter to eat are somehow more moral? Isn’t this just KKK level white supremacy? Eating whales and dolphins is traditional Japanese culture, you condemn it whilst conveniently ignoring all the whales your Alaskan inuits butcher themselves.”

“Yes, America atom bombs and defoliates indiscriminately the lands of the orient, but the real sinners are the ones who hunt dolphins!”

“And yet America considers it perfectly legal to hunt deer and bears for trophies. To any Japanese the kind of hunting which goes on in America is immoral itself.”

“It is pure hypocrisy for America to be condemning Japanese customs of dolphin hunting when they allow their own tribes to hunt whales and seals as they please. Would she dare tweet a condemnation of native American hunting practices? Is she trying to turn the Japanese against her or what, I’d expect this from the Korean president but not her.”

“This from the nation which kills untold numbers of cetaceans with the sonar on its submarine fleets. But of course killing them to eat is much worse!”

“This little princess is a total amateur at politics and diplomacy.”

“Why the hell did they send this idiot over here?”

“I oppose dolphin hunts too, but Kennedy is obviously completely unsuited to this role.”

“I don’t care what she says but as a Japanese citizen I think hunting dolphins is completely behind the times…”

“An ambassador who tweets insults about her host country’s culture, is she a total idiot?”

“8,000 responses already… I know you guys hate America but calm down!”

“I personally oppose these hunts. But there are countries which eat dogs and cats, and others where they kill bulls for sport. But these are elements of national culture so I think they need to be treated with forbearance. But she crosses the line.”

“Have you lot tasted dolphin? It reeks, it is not all fit for human consumption…”

“I’m against dolphins.”

“How interesting. If you reply critically to the English tweet it is deleted in a few minutes but the Japanese one is nothing but negative responses…”

“Annoying to see all the English responses to the English tweet praising her in thanks.”

“Most of them seem to be animal rights terrorists though.”

“Send her home. The media just used her as an extra, nobody wants her here and the term of an ambassador is a bit long for tourism purposes.”

“This stuck up princess really knows nothing of the world, does she? The most important diplomatic post available and all she can do is piss and moan about Yasukuni and our culinary culture. Do you see theUS ambassador to France whining about foie gras on Twitter?”

“Isn’t she supposed to be improving relations with Japan rather than ruining them?”

“Is this really US government policy or just what Caroline thinks?”

“It says ‘USG’ in the tweet.”

“She is entitled to speak on behalf of the US government, so it is probably just her abusing her position to make her personal opinion an official position. A real official position would be issued as a press release like with the Yasukuni stuff.”

“Twitter is a ruiner. This old hag already fell into its trap.”

“Why did the US send this idiot over here anyway? Was there some ulterior motive?”

“Perhaps they picked her to drive a wedge between the US and Japan?”

“I can’t believe this. The Democrats must just be overflowing with talent to send her over her, am I right?”

“She is like the American version of Hatoyama.”

“This is Japan’s fault for being such a doormat as to allow their major ally to palm them off with a total amateur of an ambassador.”

“Thanks to her all the foreigners are flooding onto Abe’s homepage saying ‘Japs stop killing dolphins.'”

“Send the old hag packing. Not that whaling is any good either though.”

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    Comment by Anonymous
    07:01 19/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Sorry, but slaughtering dolphins & whales is NOTHING like slaughtering cows & chickens. Cows & chicken are raised to be slaughtered, as such a steady population is maintained. Unlike when you slaughter marine life, which are not given adequate time to repopulate depleted livestock. Due to irresponsible commercial fishing practices, commercial dumping, etc only 10% of all marine life populations remains today.

    On top of which dolphins & whales posses problem solving intelligence and are contaminated by harsh chemicals like mercury. Mercury, a chemical which will turn you madder than a hatter. And you're going to eat that?! I'll take hormone injected beef over mental illness. Thank you much.

    Comment by Anonymous
    20:32 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they should start raising dolphins and wales then. trolololol.

    Comment by Anonymous
    04:35 24/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Go to Sea World Farm! We raise dolphins, whales and penguins! All soon to be slaughtered before your very eyes!

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:04 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    10% of 'marine life' (clearest understanding is all marine life) is wrong, can't find it anywhere, you must be thinking of a specific species, like dolphins (still can't find it), or more specific.

    But yes, I agree, marine life is very endangered and extremely important, and the octopi, squids, turtles and other mammals are all highly intelligent.

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    Comment by Yamato
    10:32 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    octopi may be intelligent, but they have ridiculously short lifespans. What's it matter if they're eaten by a human now if they end up dead in, at best, a year anyway?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:09 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    When ppl say octopus is extremely intelligent, they ment when compared to other invertebrates. It's learning abilities are on par with mice, but nowhere close to dolphins and primates.

    Comment by Anonymous
    01:48 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    The problem with most marine life is that its hard to survey their entire population unlike land animals that can be tracked in a specific location/habitat. Dolphins are migratory species and you never know or even accurately estimate their population.

    Domestic breeding is also hard because if they are kept in a small area, they have a tendency to kill themselves if stressed. Morality BS aside, I can kill 500 cows and chickens and their population around the globe is still in millions while killing dolphins with the same amount of number is nearing them to their extinction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    02:04 21/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'd like to see some sources of that "only 10% of marine life remains" remark.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:15 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I can add, Sweden does almost the same thing. We hunt wolves and elks so they don't populate too much. Although, ours is regulated, some still keep hunting them off-seasons.

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Actually population control is the primary reason regulated hunting exists in the states too. Without it, the deer would overpopulate & starve to death before winter ends.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:38 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    that's why the reintroduce predators like wolves .

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:58 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    if they were so smart why the fuck they keep swim near japan

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:49 23/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    I'm sure the Dolphin Post gets the news around the oceans. Do you think that even if a dolphin escapes, they have any idea what's going on?

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:21 21/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Because Japan doesn't only hunt in their own seas, you know.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:51 23/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    yeah, they battle with our crazies down here in oceania

    Comment by Anonymous

    Bringing intelligence into it sadly weakens your argument. Intelligence has nothing to do with it. You can draw an arbitrary line wherever you like, but the real problems are the others that you mentioned. Morals have no place in this debate. If they did then humans would never eat anything because you could draw a line anywhere you like. The better argument would be to equate it to murder of a person, but then you have to establish personhood, not simple intelligence.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:55 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Intelligence is a heavier criteria in defining personhood than any other single trait.

    Ignoring morality as a whole makes even less sense.

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:24 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Intelligence is NOT the most important criteria in defining personhood. Household pets can sometimes demonstrate greater intelligence than a human toddler or otherwise mentally compromised individual. Yet we do not confer greater personhood to our pets than to toddlers. The most important criteria for granting personhood is a physiologically human appearance.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:13 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Read "any other single trait"

    Combination of all other traits =/= single trait. Even the biggest trait won't necessarily outweight all remaining smaller traits combined.

    Comment by Anonymous

    What kind of argument is that... In that case, just making dolphin farms is the solution, and then there's no problem with killing them. So nothing to get worked up about.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Raising animals to be killed is much more inhumane than hunting them.

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    Comment by Daniel Park
    07:08 20/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.4)

    Ya'll remember the genetically modified pig in The Restaurant at the End of the Universe. That fellow is the future, food that want's to be eaten.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:29 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Cow wasn't it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:52 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    Its more about repopulation problems and less about what's humane or not, stupid fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Fack off gaijin. How dale u cliticize grolious Nippon!

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:05 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.4)

    So much guro you're nolonger Nippon, we call you Tamppon.

    Comment by Anonymous
    19:11 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    LOL @ dumbass asian kids who upvoted this thing ^^

    Comment by Anonymous
    00:19 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    tlorred and don't even know it

    Comment by Anonymous
    05:28 19/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.8)

    Unlike cows and pigs Dolphins and Whales aren't farmed and are being hunted into extinction.

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:15 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    I actually agree with you but the way you say it doesn't make it any better

    as if farming an entire specie was morally better

    Comment by Anonymous
    07:34 19/01/2014 # ! Good (+0.7)

    ...None of us give a shit about the morals of slaughtering animals; we care about long term stability and responsibility. Driving a species to extinction is not being responsible, it's being greedy. Human beings are greedy disgusting creatures and the true blight on this planet.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:22 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    "We all know Dolphins are endangered"

    Continuing to repeat this does not make it true. In fact, leaving whales aside, the dolphin species in question are all categorized as "least concern" by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN). In other words, they aren't even threatened, let alone endangered. The whale population data is more in debate (partly for political reasons) and the whale species commonly involved in drives (killers and false killers, and pilot whales) are officially listed as "data deficient," but are reasonably common (and taken in much smaller numbers than the dolphins, anyway).

    The larger whale species, which are taken at sea, not in drives, are all regulated by the International Whaling Commission, which sets strict quotas, and restricts hunting to non-endangered species as well.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:39 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Go join the Peace Core, get raped by niggers in Africa and contract AIDS. Or go join Sea Shepherd and live like a vegan pussy, then get raped in a South American jail. Go on, live what you preach.

    Comment by Anonymous
    09:44 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Calling someone on taking responsibility and then shooting it down because they mentioned it on a public forum is exactly why nothing ever gets done. Responsibility is where it starts. The people who recognize something is not optimum, and yet complacent people say they're 'complaining' or 'negative' when they recognize that something is not working correctly is the exact same thing. Anyone who goes against someone who notices something is just barely adequate, and mentions it in an attempt to bring it to light, is a true coward and idiot. The ones who sit and want nothing to change make me sick.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:18 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Human beings will stop existing when our time is up, like the animals before us. No fucks given.

    Comment by Anonymous
    11:16 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Also, the human race is an anomaly of evolution.

    That word you are using doesn't mean what you think it means. The appearance of previously non-existing traits through mutation is one of the two primary mechanisms of evolution. All evolution is anomalous by definition.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:14 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Responsibility? Who are you to make such a claim? If you truly believed that you wouldn't be wasting your time on SC and would actually be out there trying to make a real difference.

    Calling humans a blight is the tactic of a coward. That kind of self flagellation solves nothing and only leads to counterproductive arguments and holier-than-thou time wasting.

    Comment by Anonymous
    08:15 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Dolphins and whales should be farmed too. Also, the human race is an anomaly of evolution.

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:41 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Japanese people are too retarded to stop hunting dolphins

    Comment by Anonymous

    Anon above, it has nothing to do with America. People that try to politicalize simple fact are morons. We all know Dolphins are endangered and we all know that if the Japanese keep hunting them, they will extinct for sure. The Japanese themselves know it and it is just they cannot stop doing for whatever the reason they have. It has nothing to do with politics. We are not tree hugging hipsters and we all know that the food chain web is shrinking. People in more developed countries (usually with internet access, yes I am talking about us) are less likely to be impacted for now. There are people that depends on hunting or fishing to survive in some developing or under developed countries know the impact very well. Remember, the earth is a close system like a freaking giant space ship.

    Comment by Anonymous

    How about you suck my dick. I'm not responsible for playing Team America World Police; that job it taken.

    Comment by Anonymous
    21:14 03/02/2014 # ! Neutral (0)


    Comment by Anonymous
    05:54 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No farming = starvation problems; go fuck yourself and live in a third world country, privileged fuck.

    Comment by Anonymous
    22:12 22/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    do you think farming dolphins will solve starvation problems you privileged fuck?

    Comment by Anonymous
    13:43 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Except we're not farming an entire species. There are plenty of wild boar all over. Wanna try another silly or irrelevant argument to support your objectionable complicity?

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:38 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Seriously though, I never get why people care so much for endangered species. Does their extinction affect you in any way whatsoever? Who gives a shit? If people want to hunt animals, let them. Why restrict their freedom? When they're extinct, the hunting will stop.

    ...and I'll probably be down-voted for actually using my brain and being realistic.

    Comment by Anonymous
    16:13 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Of course it has an impact, it always does. Unintended consequences.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:10 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    If you have a brain then how about you start using it?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    amen brother, fuck dolphins, they're just gay rapist fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:33 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Maybe they are just Jap dolphins.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:15 20/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Point on this doll where the gay rapist fish touched you.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:14 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    >implying you have a brain
    Not even close.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:10 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    No, you'll be downvoted because idiots vote with their egos, not their conscience. If they actually thought things through they'd be able to prioritize more important things, rather than constantly wagging their fingers at others to feel less bad about themselves.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    another with a government subsidized cock in his mouth...

    Comment by Anonymous

    Nice troll, kid.

    Will you say the same when the rain forests are completely cut down too? Mao killed off all the black birds because he thought they were "unsightly" and in doing so, caused a population surge in insects. Which in turn he ordered the eradication of China's insect population. Which lead to the honey bee dying off, in China. They actually hand pollinate trees, in china, and all because Mao killed off the black bird.

    After the movie Jaws debuted, man practically made it his mission to eradicate the shark population and do you know what happened? A surge in jellyfish populations. This shit just goes on and on. Everything is connected. To say the destruction of a single species will not impact the planet in anyway is pure ignorance. Even as a troll, you should feel stupid, for having typed that. Please kill yourself.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:33 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    so what if they go extinct? over 20 unique species go extinct every day, in no part due to human interaction. what makes dolphins so much more important than these 20 that went extinct today, or the 20 that went extinct yesterday? extinction is only a cause for concern if it is a species with a notable impact on the ecosystem. say, krill, for example. if krill died out, we a MASSIVE number of other species would soon follow. but dolphins? nothing eats dolphin as its primary source of food. it can die out without causing too much harm.

    extinction is not the same as death. it isnt a kind of suffering. animals dont go through any particular suffering when they become extinct as opposed to when they die regularly. farm animals being kept in poor conditions, causing billions of farm animals to suffer horrific lives is a WAAAAAAY bigger issue :/

    Comment by Anonymous

    You're comparing to large land like U.S and Europe to a tiny island surrounded by sea water.

    Japan's agricultures are way too small to provide enough meats. Tougher safety standards. Thus meat price there are a lot higher. Importing meat costs same amount due to tax and shipping. Plus the risk of quality of the meat.

    There is no more land in Japan to expand commercial farming. All they have is the ocean, where commercial fishing is the only way.

    Comment by Anonymous
    15:58 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (+0.2)

    The ocean is running out of fishes, so Japs had to resort to eating dolphins to survive?

    They should resort to cannibalism first, we would care less...

    Comment by Anonymous
    18:22 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Haha to be called a baby when i am this old by some teenager. Maybe i should go back to the college:]

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:35 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Another retard here on about this mythic "Mother Nature." Did your Mommie do bad things to shame you when you were little? Like last week?

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:09 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Where do you get your facts really? Mother nature can handle herself without human intervention. Species come and go, even long after human extinction. We are but a tiny spec in a long 4.5 billion years of this world.

    Comment by Anonymous
    23:32 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Oh that is rich! Your talk about tougher safety standards, as an excuse to justify commercial whaling absolutely stupid. Whale & dolphin meat is contaminated with mercury, you idiot! What, you think hoof & mouth disease comes with every beef patty served?! Every slice of whale meat you consume contains trace amounts of mercury and if you're eating it raw, possibly flesh eating worms too. Like the ones that have literally eaten the brains of many Japanese from the inside.

    And Japan has plenty of untapped landmass. The problem is that it's all mountainous terrain, which would need to terraformed.

    But that's not the real problem. The real problem is that Japanese are like Americans; spoiled & lazy. They don't want to work a hard day's labor for next to nothing and they do not want to pay for increased labor costs on the consumer side either.

    As a result, Japan brings in Chinese & other Asian races into Japan, for underpaid field laborer positions. And farmland owners that do not eventually sell off their land or go out of business.

    Comment by Anonymous

    So you can only eat whale, and dolphin. BS sense in tingling.

    Comment by Anonymous
    17:07 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    We're not talking about other fish.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:45 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    And Kennedy's tweet was not condemning all fishing. The post is specifically about dolphins so Japan's lack of farming land seems like a stretch.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:21 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    He didn't say you can ONLY eat whale/dolphin, he said COMMERCIAL FISHING is the only way. Whale and dolphin is but a tiny spec in the industry.

    Comment by Anonymous

    Except that's simply not the case. While it WAS the case for a handful of species, half a century ago (mostly due to high demand for oil from American and European industry, not food use in Asia, I might add), the fact is most species were not yet in danger when the moratorium went into effect, and most of the others have rebounded since then. No cetacean species is in danger of being hunted to extinction today. The species whose stocks are that badly depleted are protected, even under Japanese regulations, and the species being actively hunted are all abundant. There are strict quotas, are the species are being scientifically managed the same way that we manage game animals (such as deer, bear, and turkeys) in America.

    As regards the humaneness, even in America, we allow Indian and Eskimo tribesmen to hunt these animals. The 2ch comments to the effect that there is racism at work here are spot on: it's okay, in the eyes of the American sociopolitical elite, for "barbarous," "backward," natives who to kill and eat these animals, but not for any people that wants to be considered a "civilized" race.

    Comment by Anonymous
    14:24 19/01/2014 # ! Neutral (0)

    Don't need to give logic and truth here, everyone here has had their elementary school education that 'protecting whale and dolphins' so they are all one and the same that need protection.

    Talk about brainwashing.

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