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."