Thursday, May 30, 2013

Endangered whale meat sold as luxury dog snacks in Japan

Sales of the snacks, made from North Atlantic fin whales, have angered environmental activists who have criticised the use of endangered whale meat for exotic pet food.

Japan has long been in the firing line from environmentalists for continuing to hunt endangered whales under a loophole in an international moratorium, while Iceland openly defies the ban.

"The most likely reason for shops to sell the whale meat dog treat is to target affluent Japanese who want to show off their wealth with something different," said Nanami Kurasawa, executive director of IKAN, the Japanese campaign group.