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Endangered whale used for Japan dog treats

Posted on Wednesday, 29 May, 2013 | Comment icon 71 comments | News tip by: Still Waters

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Campaigners have revealed that a rare species of Icelandic whale is being used in Japanese dog treats.

A Tokyo-based company has generated concern among environmentalists after it was discovered that meat from an endangered whale species was being sold as luxury dog treats in Japan. The chews made from North Atlantic fin whales are being described as a "low calorie, low fat, high protein" snack.

"The most likely reason for shops to sell the whale meat dog treat is to target affluent Japanese who want to show off their wealth with something different," said campaigner Nanami Kurasawa.

"Meat from endangered whales caught by Icelandic hunters is being sold in Japan as luxury dog treats, environmental campaigners said Tuesday."

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Comment icon #62 Posted by Yamato on 30 May, 2013, 7:20
I have no idea what inaccurate accusation you're talking about. Whether or not Japanese pride gets embarrassed is incidental to me. They're not the only ones with pride, if that's what even matters. Japan can't get anywhere near even half of its own self-imposed quota of whale harvest precisely because we're "going with what works", thanks. I would say you're past the point of being reported for TOS violations already but I don't report people because I respect freedom of speech that much, so if a moderator sends you a message, it'll be someon... [More]
Comment icon #63 Posted by Yamato on 30 May, 2013, 7:22
Those maps from the Australian government do not oppose or obstruct a single word I've said.
Comment icon #64 Posted by psyche101 on 30 May, 2013, 7:24
They cost us money, and the PM, as much of a post turtle that she is, even she had to say these men are acting badly: We don't want the activists, we don't want your help. Paul Watson and his band of Pirates are not welcome. We want them to leave and let us deal with our own problems. Go to some other International waters and Harass the Japanese there would you lot? Leave us out of it and shoot your TV show closer to your home.
Comment icon #65 Posted by Yamato on 30 May, 2013, 7:26
When the elections weren't coming up, what Australian bureaucrats agreed with you that Japan isn't whaling in the territorial waters repeatedly cited?
Comment icon #66 Posted by psyche101 on 30 May, 2013, 7:41
That you think personal opinion trumps law. Why are the Japanese Whaling Yam? Japanese Culture and Pride Think about it Yam. If you at least attempt to understand the people, you might understand why they do what they do, and maybe reason with them. They in turn would be impressed with the effort to understand them. I think your a bit of a wuss to be honest. Your not too good with manners yourself. Thats how this got as acidic as it has. Takes two to tango Yam. But I bet you see yourself as a some sort of poor hard done by crusader huh? Still Waters is a legend. ... [More]
Comment icon #67 Posted by psyche101 on 30 May, 2013, 7:44
With a TV show misrepresenting the situation, and this particular Government knowing the peoples addiction to electronic media, seeming as that is how they managed to get elected, you really think that is far fetched do you?
Comment icon #68 Posted by psyche101 on 30 May, 2013, 7:45
They defy your mythical claims about Sovereignty and the Japanese whaling in Australian Waters. Like I said, can you show me on that map where Whaling is taking place within Australian waters? No, you cannot. Because the claim is not true. The areas you have claimed are no more our waters than I own moon land.
Comment icon #69 Posted by Yamato on 30 May, 2013, 9:56
You wish I cannot, but I already have earlier this year, and since then another bad case of amnesia has returned. The lines on those government maps you just made such a big deal about and somehow still think disturbed a word I said were also breached by the illegal Japanese whalers. You going to deny that too? Just this year, Shonan Maru No. 2 entered Australia's exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island in the Antarctic Ocean. The Australian embassy in Tokyo protested to the Japanese government. You want to appease these criminals so bad, you refuse to acknowledge your own co... [More]
Comment icon #70 Posted by Yamato on 30 May, 2013, 10:04
I "think" that the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary exists, and that Japan whales in it. All this ugly banter about the article's wording, the title, Australian government maps of the EEZ, Greenpeace, New Zealand, the elections coming up, and all the "you you you you you" BS that has nothing to do with me or anything I said, notwithstanding.
Comment icon #71 Posted by Saru on 30 May, 2013, 14:15
Can we try to keep the discussion civil and free of personal attacks. Thank you.

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