According to the Yomiuri Shimbun’s report on July 8, a total of 5 small whaling ships from various places in Japan departed from Kushiro, Hokkaido, and worked in the coastal area on the 1st. Two minke whales. The whales were cut and disintegrated after being transported back to the port, and they were successively sold in various places. On July 8, the Umeda Main Store of Hankyu Department Store in Osaka officially launched a batch of freshly arrived minke whale meat, and made it into sashimi for people to try. This activity also caused resistance from some Japanese netizens, and some netizens said that many Japanese don't want to eat whale meat at all.
Previously, minke whale meat was listed at the fish market in Kushiro City on July 4. Judging from the trading price of the day, the "red meat" of common parts was 2500 yen (about 160 yuan) per kilogram )about. On the 4th, whale meat auctions were also held in markets in Aomori and Miyagi prefectures, and whale parts priced at 15,000 yen (approximately RMB 955) per kilogram appeared at the Sendai Central Wholesale Market. Hankyu Department Store’s flagship store displays whale meat "sashimi" at a price of 599 yen (approximately RMB 38) per 100 grams. Some samples are provided for customers to try for free.
Kyodo News reported that the person in charge said: “I hope to pass on the delicacy to young people who are not familiar with whales. "
The news that "whale meat is on the shelves again" has also attracted the attention of Japanese netizens on social media. Some netizens expressed their inner contradiction: "Killing whales is It shouldn't, but whales are delicious, it's a contradiction. "But some netizens also said that killing whales is too cruel and they will not buy them, and they questioned the resumption of commercial whaling in Japan.
On June 30 this year, Japan Officially withdrew from the International Whaling Commission, and restarted commercial whaling on July 1.
According to reports, the International Whaling Commission in 1982Decided to suspend commercial whaling, and Japan has been requesting the resumption of commercial whaling, but it has failed. Japan joined this international organization in 1951, and was forced to end commercial whaling in 1988, and instead engaged in so-called "investigative whaling" in the Northwest Pacific and the waters near the Antarctic under the name of "scientific research". The whale meat obtained was actually supplied to the country. The market has attracted widespread criticism from the international community.
In 2018, Japan last persuaded the International Whaling Commission to establish a reasonable amount of whaling, but it failed and finally announced its withdrawal from the commission in December last year.
The Japanese government limits the scope of whaling to territorial waters and exclusive economic zones. In order to prevent excessive whaling, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries set an annual commercial whaling quota in December last year. Up to 227 heads, of which mustachesThere are 52 whales, 150 Brinell whales and 25 fin whales.
According to the BBC, according to the Red List of Endangered Species of the World Conservation Union, minke whales and Brinell whales are not endangered species, although sei whales are listed as Endangered species, but its number is increasing.
However, Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling still drew a lot of criticism from the international community. Japan has a long history of whaling. Whale meat once helped Japanese people survive the food shortage era. However, by 2016, whale meat only accounted for about 0.1% of national meat consumption. Many people questioned the need for Japan to restart commercial whaling.
The international community has always criticized and opposed Japan’s commercial whalingattitude. Australian environmental experts said Japan’s whaling operations were inhumane and outrageous. Greenpeace has sent ships to follow the Japanese whaling squad for "non-violent prevention" and filmed the whole process to show the world. According to the Associated Press, according to estimates by the American Cetacean Society, there are 30,000 to 40,000 humpback whales in existence, which is only about 1/3 of the number at the beginning of modern human whaling activities, and has long been included in the list of endangered species by the World Conservation Union. .
Source: Xinhua News Agency, The Paper, Global Net
Editor: Zheng Yanan