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Japan's whaling industry heavily subsidized by Japanese Government

14/02/2013 22:50:11
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Japan hunts whales under the pretence of so-called science despite a worldwide ban on commercial whaling.

New research reveals true cost of Japanese whaling
February 2013. Japan's dying whaling industry is being propped up by millions of pounds a year in public money, according new research by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).


Japanese government diverted tsunami relief funds to support whaling
In the report, The Economics of Japanese Whaling, IFAW claims that the Japanese government even diverted tsunami relief funds to support whaling. Annual government subsidies for Japanese whaling average around 782 million yen (£5.35m), but in 2011 this increased by around 2.28 billion yen (£15.6m).

The report, prepared following a year-long research effort conducted by leading Japan-based agencies commissioned by IFAW, provides the clearest picture ever of the failing whaling industry based largely on the government of Japan's own data, never before presented in this way, inside or outside Japan.

Whaling economics
While the findings demonstrate that whaling is unprofitable and catering to an increasingly shrinking and ageing market, whale watching is, by contrast, a growth industry.

Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW's Global Whale Programme, said: "Here it is, for the first time, in black and white. IFAW's report proves conclusively that Japan's cruel whaling industry is dying in the water while Japanese taxpayers are being forced to foot the bill. This cruel, outmoded industry is in the red. Whaling is an economic loser.

"Now is the time for concerned citizens, NGOs and governments around the world to stop bludgeoning the good people of Japan and start helping them migrate from whaling to whale watching - a profitable solution that benefits whales, people and coastal communities in Japan and around the world."

Japanese whale watching
Whale watching is worth around £1.3 billion annually. In Japan alone, whale watching generated around £14 million in 2008. There are currently around 30 whale watching operators working from a dozen locations around the Japanese coast.

The country's whaling fleet left port in December for Antarctica to train its harpoons on around 1,000 whales, in defiance of global opposition and several international laws. Japan hunts whales under the pretence of so-called science despite a worldwide ban on commercial whaling. IFAW believes Japan's whaling produces sham science and is merely commercial whaling by another name.

IFAW opposes whaling because it is cruel and unnecessary; scientists agree there is simply no humane way to kill a whale. This is proved by footage of Japanese whaling which has shown whales taking more than half an hour to die. In addition, much of the meat is merely stockpiled or sold cheaply to schools and hospitals.

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agree andrea. i have no idea how to stop these vile people. wild animals mean only one thing to them. money. they have no feelings whatsoever. and still people send money to keep them going.. i doubt they will ever change. until some sunami wipes out a few more.

Posted by: dee donworth | 17 Feb 2013 11:37:21

Taiji - The Cove

Why is the appalling slaughter of dolphins in Taiji not being given much more publicity? Whole pods are being killed at a time, of various species of dolphin - striped, Rissos, and many others. The poor creatures are trapped and have to watch their family members being killed, while swimming in their blood. How can this happen in a civilised society?

Posted by: Andrea Polden | 15 Feb 2013 16:41:12

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