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January 24th, 2014
Dolphin & Whale (Iruka & Kujira) Action Network
On January 17th, 250 bottle-nosed dolphins were driven into a bay in Taiji, Wakayama Prefecture. The news came out from a foreign watch group stationed in Taiji, and it spread throughout the world. The critical tweet on the hunt by the American Ambassador in Japan, Mrs. Caroline Kennedy, also drew media and public attention, building up a huge international outcry to stop the hunt. At the same time, we see a different reaction within Japan: there is a noticeable tendency for self-defense and people taking nationalistic stance. It seems that the real issue has been muddied as it was switched to an issue of cultural conflict.
Our group has been working within Japan to protect dolphins and whales, and we would like to point out some problems we now face in order to bring change into this situation.
Disaster Recovery Funds Used to Cover the Research Whaling Debts Must Be Returned
Tokyo, November 13, 2013 – On October 5th 2012, Greenpeace Japan and the Dolphin & Whale Action Network (IKAN) called on the Board of Audit of Japan to conduct an urgent and independent investigation into the details of the misuse of 2.28 billion yen in tsunami recovery funds under the project called “Cetacean Research Stabilization Promotion,” as well as to call for returning the funds that did not meet the initial objectives of supporting Ishinomaki City in Miyagi Prefecture (1). We also urged the board to review the injection of government subsidies into whaling operations pointing out that the Institute of Cetacean Research has excessive debts (2).
On October 31st, the Board of Audit of Japan released a report on the findings from their earlier investigation, stating that the Cetacean Research Stabilization Promotion Project “cannot be accepted as a direct benefit to the recovery efforts and is a questionable expense spent from the disaster funds (3).”
How many whales did they catch this time? To find out, we will have to wait for the press release scheduled to be released in one week...
AWI: Susan Millward
EIA: Paul Newman
IKAN: Nanami Kurasawa
WDC: Danny Groves
Tokyo. May 28th 2013. Today the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN), expressed dismay at the sale of Icelandic fin whale meat dog treats in Japan. Although the use of Japanese-caught whale and dolphin meat in pet food in Japan has been well-documented, the discovery that Japanese pet food company, Michinoku Farms, is now producing dog snacks using meat from endangered North Atlantic fin whales killed by the Icelandic whaling company, Hvalur hf, is alarming.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
TOKYO: The Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA), Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC) and the Iruka & Kujira [Dolphin & Whale] Action Network (IKAN) welcome a Japanese company's decision to stop selling pet treats made from endangered fin whales.
The four organisations yesterday expressed dismay that Icelandic whaling company Hvalur hf was exporting fin whale meat to Japan where it was being manufactured into dog snacks.
The press release highlighted Japanese pet food company Michinoku Farms, which sold imported Icelandic fin whale 'jerky' as pet treats.
However, within hours of the release Michinoku Farms removed the products from sale.
End Research Whaling Funded by the Wasteful Injection of Public FundsResearch whaling started out as a measure against the whaling moratorium in 1986 to revive commercial whaling. The research program continued with the sales profit of the whales they killed, as well as government subsidies, but as it has come to light by Junko Sakuma's report, the system has already collapsed.
We hope to see the immediate end to the research whaling that has been guzzling taxpayer's money based on outlandish logic. If they must continue with their research, it is important to remember that there is no need to profit from meat sales. Indeed, Japan is able to contribute to the international community by non-lethal research, leveraging Japan's world-class top scientific technologies and collecting numerous data.