Japan's whaling industry heavily subsidized by Japanese Government14/02/2013 22:50:11 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).
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.
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
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.