Nature & Environment
Endangered whale used for Japan dog treats
By T.K. Randall
May 29, 2013 · 70 comments
Image Credit: Whit Welles
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.
Source: The Age
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