The Japanese continue their efforts to undermine or eliminate the moratorium on hunting whales, including allegations of bribing officials from other countries. What is fascinating is that the government’s obsession with killing whales has not diminished despite falling appetites in Japan for whale meat. Unwilling to allow its population’s tastes to change with the world around it, the government is now feeding whale meat to school children.
Japan has been increasing its killing of whales under the guise of research which now appears to involve school children.
“Of about 29,600 public elementary and junior high schools nationwide offering lunches for students, 5,355 schools, or 18 percent, responded they had served whale meat in their lunches at least once in fiscal 2009 through March 2010.”
The Institute of Cetacean Research (which is the body that kills whales in the name of research) has now aligned itself with an army of Lunch Ladies to instill a taste for whale in kids — offering the meat at one-third of the market price.
Source: Japan Times