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Ambassador 'deeply concerned' by Japan's dolphin hunt

Japan's annual dolphin hunt, where fishermen corral the mammals in a secluded bay before killing many for meat, has been criticised by the US ambassador to the country.

The annual dolphin hunt has been criticised by the US ambassador to Japan. Credit: Reuters

Caroline Kennedy said she was "deeply concerned" about the hunt which is currently underway in Taiji, western Japan.

Japan said the hunt is not banned under any international treaty. Credit: Reuters

The country has long maintained that killing dolphins is not banned under any international treaty and that the animals are not endangered.