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02/11/2006 09:57 AM ID: 52809 Permalink   

Conservation Group Claims Japan is Selling Whale Meat as Pet Food

 

The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, a British based charity, has claimed that whale meat is being marketed in Japan as organic pet food. Japan's stockpile of whale meat has reportedly grown from 673 to 4800 tonnes since 1998.

Due to the increased supply, the value of whale meat has fallen to the point that whale meat is subsidised by government. Despite this Japan will increase the number of whales caught this year.

Mark Simmons, WDCS science director said, "We have heard many arguments from Japan over the years about why whaling is necessary to them but they have never stated that they needed to kill whales to feed their dogs."

 
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  Well atleast..  
 
"whale meat is being marketed in Japan as organic pet food"

Well atleast they aren't lying.... whales are organic.
 
  by: tellgar     02/11/2006 10:54 AM     
  !!!!  
 
Too bad they're lying about everything else. Whaling for scientific advancement my white pimpled ass. The West doesn't treat life, which ends up as food, any better; I'll give you that on the hypocrisy full of crap meter, but lets not B.S about Japan's objectives as if what they've been doing is on some kind of moral high ground to justify their slaughter. They kill because of tradition and they've created a gargantuan lie to try to justify the reason. Anyone with half a brain can see through it.
 
  by: callanish   02/12/2006 04:13 AM     
  hmm  
 
why dont we just breed every animal/mammal so we can use them as we wish... so much better than running around everywhere saving them
 
  by: starlock   02/12/2006 08:49 PM     
  Open Your Mind  
 
It's not that simple for Japan to Not utilize the whale market. Think about it. Japan is such a small country that it has to import just about everything it uses just to sustain the country, with the exception of what they can get from the Ocean. Japan is always on the verge of economical disaster. With China stepping their foot into the Automotive industry, Japan has to develop new technologies to sell to the world for financial stability. Now for the Japanese government to suddenly say "your not allowed to have any pets" is impossible, so they have to find a way to feed all these pets. In reality, Importing dog food could topple Japans economy. But whaling is available and advantageous to them. I'd do it too.
 
  by: skriptid   02/12/2006 10:01 PM     
  ???????????  
 
Help me out with your wisdom here. What exactly do I need to open up my mind too because from my view its about nothing more than self centered humans that don't give a rats ass about anything outside of their own survival at the expense of every other creature on the planet. Your entire comment was pure hyperbole. Let me get this straight, you actually have the audacity to say that Japan's entire economy could collapse if it had to import dog food from outside the country and the amount of whales that it hunts to provide dog food makes all the difference. How vulnerable do you honestly think the Japanese economy is? You obviously came from the school of economics that allows questionable moral acts to feed outdated traditions and when that fails because the indigenous people loose their taste in a product like whale meat, they look for other ways to justify the slaughter. Like I said before you want to hunt, calling it hunting, don't call it furthering science to justify the hunting and please don't insult my intelligence that whale hunting is a necessary part of the chain to the Japanese economy in order to provide pet food. The whaling industry wants to survive; old traditionalist will find any way in which to keep it surviving. The fact that its stockpiling dead carcasses shows that the economics of the whaling industry isn't viable in the 21st century, but to keep the killing going, their approach is now to use trickle down economics to go from pushing the whale meat to humans and pass it off on their pets.

If that's acceptable to you and you can only see the economic side to this argument, then its obvious that you and I wouldn't see eye to eye on a damn thing.
 
  by: callanish   02/13/2006 12:09 AM     
  Whaling tradition in japan  
 
Actually I believe whaling in Japan was encouraged after WWII by the US forces as a way to feed the population. Prior to that the whaling was much more limited.
 
  by: jendres     02/13/2006 12:25 AM     
  @skriptid  
 
Japan has a $100 billion export surplus which is nearly 20% of their total exports. Somehow I don't think they need to hunt whales to prevent an economic crisis.

Before you bash this source, I've used it before and was able to find all info elsewhere, just don't have time to look right now.
http://www.cia.gov/...
 
  by: testeng     02/14/2006 10:04 PM     
  Slight Misinterpretation  
 
WHen i titled the comment "open your mind" there wasnt much there other than saying there are alot more factors at hand than most will notice. But lets face the reality, through Sociological studies its clear to see that the world is changing. Where all human societies were once Nomads, or even Hunting and Gathering societies. Today the leading powers of the world have moved through an industrial stage, through post industrial, and now are turning to the communications age (IE. USA, Japan, etc), Now take a look at humans, it's no new pattern for people to strive for power, no one wants to be dominated. So naturally there will be many crooked people out there doing anything they can to obtain power. Its ruthless but its reality. Its impossible to stop human nature, and where people see an oportunity for power, they will utilize. It's impossible to stop anything anyway. You can illegalize drugs, nuclear weapons, homosexuality, and in the end what people want to do, people will do. Might as well accept change. And so what if you Can stop Japan, some other country will most likely end up whaling. And when i said whaling can topple japans economy, that was also taken out of context from what i mean. So you may have a vague idea of the fragileness of their economy, now if yes whaling can be a small dent in their stability, but lets say by chance that 50 of these "small dents" happen at the same time, and you have yourself a big problem.

I apologize if that is confusing and if some things are left out, I'm trying to keep the reply short. I'm not trying to get into an arguement or even try to impress my opinion on anyone. I respect your opinions as well as mine, and mine may definitly be off the mark. Just my aspect is that change's will occur, and some good things come to an end, but through time theres nothing we can really do about it but slow it down. The result is inevitable. It's already clear that humankind is killing this planet.
 
  by: skriptid   02/15/2006 06:54 AM     
  Slight Misinterpretation  
 
WHen i titled the comment "open your mind" there wasnt much there other than saying there are alot more factors at hand than most will notice. But lets face the reality, through Sociological studies its clear to see that the world is changing. Where all human societies were once Nomads, or even Hunting and Gathering societies. Today the leading powers of the world have moved through an industrial stage, through post industrial, and now are turning to the communications age (IE. USA, Japan, etc), Now take a look at humans, it's no new pattern for people to strive for power, no one wants to be dominated. So naturally there will be many crooked people out there doing anything they can to obtain power. Its ruthless but its reality. Its impossible to stop human nature, and where people see an oportunity for power, they will utilize. It's impossible to stop anything anyway. You can illegalize drugs, nuclear weapons, homosexuality, and in the end what people want to do, people will do. Might as well accept change. And so what if you Can stop Japan, some other country will most likely end up whaling. And when i said whaling can topple japans economy, that was also taken out of context from what i mean. So you may have a vague idea of the fragileness of their economy, now if yes whaling can be a small dent in their stability, but lets say by chance that 50 of these "small dents" happen at the same time, and you have yourself a big problem.

I apologize if that is confusing and if some things are left out, I'm trying to keep the reply short. I'm not trying to get into an arguement or even try to impress my opinion on anyone. I respect your opinions as well as mine, and mine may definitly be off the mark. Just my aspect is that change's will occur, and some good things come to an end, but through time theres nothing we can really do about it but slow it down. The result is inevitable. It's already clear that humankind is killing this planet.
 
  by: skriptid   02/15/2006 07:18 AM     
 
 
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