The U.S. State Department has at last weighed in on the dolphin hunts in Taiji, Japan that have been provoking international outrage in the past week. Four days after the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Caroline Kennedy, tweeted that she was "Deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing," the State Department has confirmed that Kennedy was expressing the official stance of the U.S.
"The U.S. does remain committed to the global moratorium on commercial whaling, and we are concerned with both the sustainability and the humaneness of the Japanese dolphin hunts," said State Department spokeswoman Marie Harf in a press briefing. "We have been very clear that this is our position, and we remain concerned about it. And the ambassador was expressing our view that we've made public for a long time."
While the U.S. and others are speaking out, the hunt continues -- today, Sea Shepherd's Cove Guardians tweeted that all of the fishing boats have set out in search of a new pod of dolphins to herd into the cove.