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Each annual Antarctic whaling season costs Japanese taxpayers 10 million dollars, says IFAW

Tuesday, March 5th 2013 - 04:47 UTC
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Japan’s declining appetite for whale meat is nothing new; but is the country also losing patience with its whaling industry? The answer apparently is yes, according to a new report that highlights the huge cost to the Japanese taxpayer of sustaining its whaling fleet. Without government subsidies, the industry would collapse, it said. Read full article

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  • Anglotino

    I propose a study into Japanese whalers.

    To do this, all I will need to find some of these people. Murder them and then I'll cut them up and store them in a freezer for several years.

    From these actions I will learn all I need to know about Japanese whalers.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 11:58 am - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Idlehands

    Ahh - but how much could you flog their meat for? The market would probably be even smaller than for whale meat.

    Anyone wanting to know how the oceans used to look should watch the youtube video “Ironman of the tuna”

    It's not stunning photography or a detailed documentary - it's just jaw dropping to watch and it gives you an insight into the attitudes that have prevailed to leave our oceans almost empty. I very much doubt that was the intention when it was made - which I'm guessing was in the 50's

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 01:04 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • Conqueror

    @1 Tut. On what grounds are you proposing murder. Track back a few articles. http://en.mercopress.com/2013/02/27/fisheries-minister-says-japan-will-never-stop-hunting-whales-it-s-part-of-our-culture Read the comments. Use reason. Although I didn't answer him at the time, the response to Idlehands' last question in that article should have been “I don't know”. BUT it is notable that the relevant wiki article http://en.mercopress.com/2013/02/27/fisheries-minister-says-japan-will-never-stop-hunting-whales-it-s-part-of-our-culture indicates that AT LEAST three species became extinct BETWEEN the arrival of the aboriginals and the arrival of Europeans.
    But we are talking about whales. There are stated to be 88 species of whales, i.e. cetaceans. Precisely three are considered to be “endangered”. Would you like to go through the IUCN Red List http://en.mercopress.com/2013/02/27/fisheries-minister-says-japan-will-never-stop-hunting-whales-it-s-part-of-our-culture and tell us who else is on your “murder list”?

    Reason -v- emotion.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 01:48 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
  • ChrisR

    The financies don't stack up and as for asking for 1,000 whales a year to be killed for comfort food is just not facing reality.

    Mar 05th, 2013 - 06:20 pm - Link - Report abuse 0

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