Thursday, June 14, 2012
Now Will You Stop Killing Whales, You Bastards?
The Japanese supposedly go whaling for "scientific research" purposes. Hard to tell what they're looking for. Maybe they're exploring new ways to kill whales or the process by which they die when you explode stuff inside them. But they were probably killing them for the same purpose they slaughter dolphins - for meat to throw on grocery store shelves at home.
Well it turns out the Japanese are losing their appetite for whale meat. Of last year's 1,211 tonnes harvested, 908 went unsold despite 13-auctions.
The Institute of Cetacean Research blamed low demand on the complicated auction procedure and reluctance among food suppliers to attract criticism from anti-whaling groups such as Sea Shepherd.
"We could not achieve the results we had anticipated," an institute official told Kyodo.
Maybe it's time the Japanese just packed it in.