TOKYO (AP) — Former Guns N’ Roses drummer Matt Sorum is visiting a remote Japanese fishing village to protest against its annual dolphin hunt.

Matt Sorum. Pic: AP.

The campaign has spread after the tradition in the village of Taiji was depicted in the Oscar-winning 2009 film, “The Cove.”

The movie depicts how dolphins are herded into a cove and speared by fishermen for their meat. They say the hunt is part their village’s tradition and call Western critics who eat other kinds of meat hypocritical.

Sorum said Monday that he has always loved the ocean, and he is also concerned about dolphins in captivity at aquariums and marine shows.

He arrived in Taiji for the first time Sunday with Japanese and Western activists on the day the annual dolphin hunt began.