Japan's whale restaurants cheer the hunt resumption

Share
Japan's whale restaurants cheer the hunt resumption

However, it remains unclear whether the now sluggish market for whale meat will improve, and a backlash from anti-whaling countries is likely.

As an IWC member, Japan halted commercial whaling in 1988 but hunted whales for what it claims were research purposes, a practice criticized internationally as a cover for commercial whaling.

This week Japan has formally recommenced commercial whaling for the first time in over 30 years.

It is necessary for Japan to notify other countries about how it conducts whaling to obtain their understanding.

Japan does not belong to an global whaling organisation after withdrawing from the worldwide Whaling Commission (IWC). "It's necessary to boost demand for whale meat", said Fisheries Agency counsellor Hideki Moronuki. Japan immediately halted JARPA II, but in December 2015 commenced NEWREP-A, a revised Southern Ocean research program created to be in conformity with the court's ruling which set an annual quota of 333 minke whales.

The commercial whaling will be carried out by two groups.

Approximately 66 kg of meat from one of the two minke whales was brought to Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture, for an auction because a vessel from the town was among the fleet.

Moronuki says the fate of commercial whaling depends on whether whale meat is widely accepted by consumers since it won't be getting as much subsidies as it used to get.

A 2017 survey by the Japan Whaling Association showed about 64 per cent of respondents in ages ranging from teens to 50s said they have eaten whale meat but majority said they haven't eaten once for more than five years.

Photos and footage of Japan's first catch of whales have emerged. "What we are seeing is the beginning of the end of Japanese whaling".

Before Japan's withdrawal from International Whaling Commission, it caught 596 whales with a "scientific research" special permit in the 2017-18 whaling season, according to the commission. "It's higher quality, unlike that from research whaling, as they drained the blood aboard". It was a moment that people in the whaling industry had always been anticipating.

Japan has long said few whale species are endangered, and news in December that it was leaving the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume hunting was the culmination of years of campaigns by industry supporters and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, whose constituency includes a city that has long whaled.

Share

Advertisement

Related Posts

Pelicans-Knicks game cut short by earthquake
Prior to the injury, Williamson had 11 points and three rebounds on 4-of-9 shooting prior to his departure. Which is exactly what we should have expected, but also not what fuels the hype machine before the game.

Joe Biden Rips Into Ocasio-Cortez, Calls Her Policies 'Irrational'
Biden: "If you provide an option for anybody who in fact wants to buy into Medicare for All , they can buy in". The flip of it is if you don't go my way and go their way you have to give up all that.

Meghan Markle makes surprise appearance at Wimbledon to support friend Serena Williams
Serena, 37, and former actress Meghan , 37, are believed to have struck up a friendship at the Super Bowl in 2010. She accessorised with Finlay & Co's "Henrietta" sunglasses and her Maison Michel hat .

Trump defends Ivanka: 'International leaders love her'
Asked whether he was "grooming" her for higher office, Trump quickly replied: "I'm not grooming her for office". Later, she also sat in on a meeting between her father and the North Korean leader at the DMZ.

Tedy Bruschi: Former New England Patriots star recovering after suffering stroke
He has performed in-studio work for the network, and recently earned a promotion to the signature show, "Sunday NFL Countdown". The former New England Patriots linebacker was able to recognize the warning signs immediately and get medical attention.

Raiola: Everyone at Manchester United knows that Pogba wants to leave
Paul Pogba has been agitating to leave Manchester United in the summer with Real Madrid and Juventus among his prime destinations. However, Kilbane warned that United need to improve their style to get the best out of the 21-year-old striker.

Ford GT MKII Unhinged and Unleashed on Goodwood FOS
A fixed low ride height and five-way adjustable Dynamic Suspensions Spool Valve (DSSV) dampers compensate for the loss. The newcomer does weigh in around 150kg lighter than the Mk I, though the race vehicle remains significantly lighter.

Paul George Requested A Trade After Kawhi 'Pushed' Him To The Clippers
The Los Angeles Lakers' roster and depth chart is starting to take some shape after the Kawhi Leonard news. The superstar averaged 28.5 points, 9.8 rebounds, 4.2 assists and two steals during the Finals.

Idris Elba Responds To TREE Authorship Accusations
Incorporating music and dance, Tree follows a man as he journeys into South Africa, according to Variety. Idris added that the effect of this interaction was discrimination as well as accusations of plagiarism.

Mozilla to Offer Ad-Free News Subscription Service for $5 Per Month
Users can take a short overview and afterward continue to Scroll .com to demand a solicitation to the preliminary. No word either on whether the service will only be available in the U.S. at launch, or worldwide.

© 2015 ExpressNewsline. All Rights reserved.