Vegan race car champion Lewis Hamilton condemned the exploitation of marine animals for entertainment while visiting Japan to compete in the upcoming Japan Grand Prix. Hamliton—who is becoming a prominent voice for animal rights—took to Instagram to urge his 13.1 million followers to boycott attractions that feature marine animal performances. “So I’m back in Japan, one of my favorite places in the world. One of the most beautiful, peaceful wonderful places. The culture, the people, the food, and cities are wow,” Hamilton captioned a video created by The Dolphin Project depicting the cruel practice of capturing, slaughtering, and enslaving dolphins. “But do you know, this happens here in Japan. Please, please don’t go and support these shows around the world, don’t buy tickets to show your kids. Instead educate them of these horrible things that are [happening] to the dolphins, whales, and other sea life. These beautiful creatures shouldn’t suffer. Captivity isn’t cool.” Hamilton went vegan in 2017 and has since used his platform to advocate for animals, including by shedding light on the horrors of the leather industry, asking fans to ditch bacon, and opening vegan restaurant Neat Burger in London.
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