“Greenpeace, along with Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) and the Humane Society, revealed the link between the whaling in the Southern Ocean and Gortons. We revealed that the Japanese parent company that wholly owns Gorton’s, Nippon Suissan, also partly owns the whaling fleet whose boats depart every year to hunt whales in Antarctica.”
“This year the Japanese whaling fleet plans to take 935 Minke whales and 50 each of the endangered fin and humpback whales. Greenpeace is opposed to this senseless slaughter and is asking Gortons and Nissui to use their influence over the whaling fleet to end the hunting. ”
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Japan’s inventory of whale meat, a byproduct of research whaling, has doubled in the past decade, it was learned Saturday.
According to a report compiled by a group led by freelance journalist Junko Sakuma, which accessed agricultural ministry data and other sources to check the inventory, the research whaling program has expanded while consumption of whale meat has been relatively sluggish.
Because the government has already widened the program for this whaling season, the stockpile is likely to get bigger.
Such a gap in supply and demand will likely invite even more criticism from antiwhaling groups.
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