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Mon Feb 4, 2013, 08:54 AM

Japanese whaling industry 'dead in the water', says animal welfare group

Source: Guardian

Japanese whaling industry 'dead in the water', says animal welfare group

Charity says industry struggling to survive despite government bailout and calls for resources to be diverted to whale-watching

Justin McCurry in Tokyo
guardian.co.uk, Monday 4 February 2013 07.36 EST

Japan's whaling industry is "dead in the water" and cannot survive without huge taxpayer subsidies, according to a study.

The report, to be published on Tuesday by the charity International Fund for Animal Welfare (Ifaw), draws on Japanese government data for the first time to build a case against the use of millions of dollars in public subsidies to prop up the industry amid a dramatic decline in consumption of whale meat.

Last year those subsidies included ¥2.28bn (£15.6m) siphoned off from the budget for reconstructing the region devastated by the March 2011 tsunami.

The report, seen by the Guardian, calls on the government to divert resources to Japan's fledgling whale-watching industry as a "pro-economy, pro-whale" alternative to its annual "research" hunts in the Antarctic. "Whaling is an unprofitable business that can survive only with substantial subsidies and one that caters to an increasingly shrinking and ageing market," the report says.

Read more: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/feb/04/japan-whaling-industry-dead-water

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Judi Lynn Feb 2013 OP
RILib Feb 2013 #1
Kolesar Feb 2013 #2
flamingdem Feb 2013 #3
Submariner Feb 2013 #4
Scairp Feb 2013 #5
farminator3000 Feb 2013 #6
AsahinaKimi Feb 2013 #9
Nika Feb 2013 #7
blackspade Feb 2013 #8
AndyTiedye Feb 2013 #10
dipsydoodle Feb 2013 #11
davidpdx Feb 2013 #12
christx30 Feb 2013 #13

Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:17 AM

1. now if the people buying elephant and rhino tusks would just stop it. shark fins too.

 

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:19 AM

2. I sailed on one whale watching tour in the Gulf of Maine and it was a hoot!

We saw a dozen or more whales and a few dolphins.
We actually didn't sail, it was a motor-catamaran in Bar Harbor, Maine.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 10:26 AM

3. K&R

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 11:49 AM

4. Great news...makes my day

Between denying taxpayer subsidies and Sea Shepherd's disabling of the whalers rudders and screws, we may get these morons to stop slaughtering Cetaceans someday soon.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 12:30 PM

5. That really outraged me

When I heard the government of Japan had diverted money for rebuilding the areas devastated by the earthquake and tsunami, I was extremely pissed because we gave money for that. Now, we gave our money through the Red Cross but still, I felt used because I give money to Sea Shepherds for their work to stop the Japanese whaling fleet each season as well. The international community has not done enough to stop whaling and they need to do more. You would think an island nation would have more respect for the sea and the creatures living in it than the Japanese display. I don't get it. They are also working very hard to wipe out blue fin tuna, so between the whaling and the overfishing and the annual dolphin slaughter, they need to figure out how exactly they would like to be perceived by the world because so far it isn't in the best light.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:24 PM

6. the thing never mentioned is that whale meat is kinda gross...

who wants stinky fishy beef?

what about saving BLUEFINS, Japan? you like those more ANYWAY...

ok, 1 guy says he likes it, that's worth 15 million...(are therre republicans in Japan, too?)

It's similar to reindeer or moose. Whale tastes much more like its hairy cousins on land than its gilled neighbors in the sea. In places where gamey meats are common—like Norway, Iceland, and among the indigenous people of Alaska—whale is served straight up with little or no seasoning. For those who find its unrefined flavor off-putting, whale is cured, marinated, or slathered with a flavorful sauce. Whale bacon, marketed in shrink-wrapped packages of thin marbled slices closely resembling pork bacon, is offered at some Japanese markets. Whale meat curries are sold from a few Tokyo lunch trucks. Japanese schools are currently trying to figure out a way to get children to eat the meat for lunch, possibly turning to whale burgers or fish stick-style preparations. But some Japanese traditionalists still enjoy gamey, unadorned strips of whale meat sashimi. (Slate's Seth Stevenson offers an opposing viewpoint: He thinks whale is a delicious beef-fish hybrid.)
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/explainer/2010/03/what_does_whale_taste_like.html

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Response to farminator3000 (Reply #6)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 03:30 PM

9. Every Japanese I have ever met has told me

They hated Whale meat. My father as a Child in Osaka said he had it in school and refused to eat it. Often he would stash it in bag and bring it home for his dog. He hated it. My mother said she never tried it, because she grew up in the states.

For the Whaling industry to continue is stupid. No one wants that product. IF whalers could be trained to do something else, it would be much better. The industry should die, and Japan should stop whaling all together.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 01:42 PM

7. Yes, right on. The death of this horrible industry is long, long overdue.

Stop all whaling, and save Japan's Dolphins from slaughter in the cove near Taipei.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 02:12 PM

8. Sea Shepard appears to have been successful!

Admittedly, in addition to other factors.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:33 PM

10. The World's Tiniest Violin for the Japanese Whaling Industry


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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 06:38 PM

11. Infinitely better than

whales being dead in the water.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:26 PM

12. Hopefully the taste for whale meat declines

to the point where there is no need to hunt for them. I know somewhat similar to whaling in Japan, in Korea they breed dogs for meat which is just as bad. The "dog meat" restaurants are becoming less common as is the taste for it as the older generation shrinks.

I would also think the government subsidies would be a problem with Japan's struggling economy.

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Response to Judi Lynn (Original post)

Mon Feb 4, 2013, 07:37 PM

13. That makes

Total sense... No one is buying it, so we want tax payers to pay to keep production going, otherwise... What terrible thing happens? If we don't get someone to pay for the production of x, then we can't provide the x that people aren't buying. Especially since the world would be better off if x wasn't produced.

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