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Nick Moraitis

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Eat whales to save them!
Apr 17, 2002

This was on the radio today...

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In Vietnam the slogan "destroy the village in order to save it" became a symbol of the American quagmire. Now in Japan it's a case of "eat the whales in order to save them".

In fact, "Save Them, Eat Them" is the slogan of the latest Japanese Government campaign.

The campaign will reach its climax next month, when the country hosts the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission...

It's give away time at Japan's busiest intersection - pedestrians are passed a sample bag - inside are two small servings of whale. "This is the first time I've tried whale", says one woman, "it tastes exactly like beef". That's exactly what the government wants to hear. This government give away is part of a campaign to win the hearts, minds and stomachs of Japanese consumers.

Next month, Japan will host the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commision. In the meantime it is working hard to convince people that whaling is part of Japanese culture.

"Japan is surrounded by sea", says Kahiji Nakajima, head of the Whaling Promotion Agency, "we are poor in natural resources, we have been eating whale meat for 6,000 years, we believe it is a gift from the ocean". The campaign slogan is "Save them Eat them" a reference to Japan's contention that there are so many whales they are eating all the fish.

"Whale numbers are definetly on the increase", says Noroyoshi Hotori from the Japanese Whaling Research Institute. "Our research shows these whales are eating massive quantities of fish. Fish us Japanese need to survive. The whales must be culled to maintain the balance of the sea. While the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, it still allows research whaling. That means Japan can catch several hundred whales a year - but the govenrment isn't satisfied. It wants a return to commercial hunts.

And this campaign is a part of that. A loud speaker van is touring the country, urging people to eat more whale. Conferences are being held to discuss Japan's whaling traditions, and new whale products including blubber ice cream are being produced. It may seem strange that the Japanese government needs to convince it's own people on the benefits of whaling, participating when its such an important part o the national culture. but it does reflect the growing indifference of the younger generation. According to a recent opinion poll 60% of those in their 20s are against any resumption of commercial whaling. "We feel sorry for whales if they are beached. Yet we will them to eat. This is a contradiction"

<a href="http://www.abc.net.au/pm/2002/04/16/20020416pm09.asxListen to the story here

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Robert Margolis

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Lot of Politics Concerning the Whaling Commission
Apr 17, 2002

Here is another view of the International Whaling Commission:

http://www.theatlantic.com/issues/99may/9905whaling.htm

While most of us here do not like the idea of hunting whales for food, the whales in question are NOT the rare and endangered ones like the blue or humpback. A heavy-handed Whaling Commission may only make illegal whaling more attractive.


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Mar 22, 2014

Our behavior is to be compatible to sustainability. If such whale hunting is sustainable, it does not cause harms. Such matters shall be taken care of without prejudice and with fair judgement.
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Re: Eat whales to save them!
Mar 19, 2016

I heard this first time. Is that true. Its really interesting.


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