95% of Japanese hardly eat whale meat, but why do they hunt a lot of whales? More than 900 whales are caught every year

No matter online or offline, we often see TV advertisements about the protection of whales. Countries all over the world are actively calling for the protection of endangered whales. Many countries have promulgated relevant laws to prohibit the killing of domestic whales. Even so, whales are still in danger of extinction.

The picture shows the Japanese killing whales

Wantonly whaling makes Japanese lose face and reputation in the world

In order to protect whales, the International Whaling Association adopted a resolution in 1982 to ban commercial whaling around the world. However, to our surprise, at the end of 2018, Japan announced that it would withdraw from the IWC and return to its old business and continue to hunt whales. The Japanese began to kill whales again, which caused heated discussion and resistance in the international community. Even so, the Japanese still chose to risk the world’s great injustice to continue to kill whales. Why did the Japanese insist on going their own way? What ambition is hidden in this?



It has become a belief for the Japanese to kill whales

The history of whaling in Japan can be traced back to the era of Shimbun more than 8000 years ago. According to relevant historical records, in the northern land of Japan, the favorite food of many rich Japanese families is whale. At that time, whaling became a symbol of identity. Compared with Western whaling methods, Japan explored this unique whaling technology. In Meiji era, a large number of fishermen began to join the whaling team. At that time, whaling was inseparable from Japanese history and culture. Japan also developed a belief through whaling activities, which was recorded in many dances and traditional crafts This is a historical witness of the common experience of Japanese and whales.

The picture shows Japanese whaling culture

2. The United States is the real accomplice behind the scenes


After the end of World War II, Japan’s economy began to depression, the whole island country food scarcity, especially meat is very little. After the United States occupied and ruled Japan, it helped the local people of the Japanese island countries to find a source of high-quality protein, that is, a large number of whales were killed. With the help of the United States, Japan got rid of the dilemma of lack of food. Many of the older generation of Japanese have deep feelings for whaling, which also ushered in a new era in Japan – “whaling activities”, even some 89 All the children are going to hunt whales with their parents.

3. The way to kill whales is bloody. The Japanese like this way

Whaling is also a very old industry in the history of human development. Ancient ancestors challenged nature with their wisdom and brave spirit and began to hunt whales. However, it is worth mentioning that the Japanese like the bloody method of killing whales very much. In the face of whales that are more than ten meters long and weigh more than ten tons, the bloodiness of Japanese killing whales is far beyond our imagination. They keep chasing whales on the sea. When the whales are exhausted, Japanese fishermen will shoot at the key parts of the whales frequently. The hit whales will explode and the whole blood will dye the Red Sea Face, after struggling in pain, whale life to the West.

The picture shows the tools used by the Japanese in whaling


Japanese fishermen will quickly salvage them and drag them ashore. On the shore, many Japanese fishermen will decompose these whales and wave knives to break them apart. The scene is frightening. In order to better inherit this culture, Japan also organized students to watch the whole process of whale splitting after whaling. The video content was extremely cruel, but these Japanese students were watching it calmly.

Japanese people are born with this kind of cruelty. After believing in the spirit of Bushido, the Japanese launched a war of aggression against China during World War II. In the battlefield, the Japanese acted inhuman, wantonly killing innocent people, and did not treat human life as life. Therefore, it is precisely because of this cruelty that the Japanese prefer the bloody means of killing whales .

The picture shows the Japanese dismembering whales

4. Whaling has become commercialized, increasing economic benefits

It is understood that in the 1990s, the production of whale meat in Japan began to increase gradually. Whale hunting has begun to take shape in Japan, and has six whaling bases, which has increased Japan’s economic development. Many small town residents rely on whale hunting for a living, which is their only way to make a living. The Japanese have gained huge economic benefits from whale fishing. There are nearly a thousand whaling vessels in the Pacific coast alone. In addition, whales are all treasures in Japanese eyes. Their fish oil can be used as fuel, and their meat can be used as feed as well as edible.



Whaling in Antarctica for scientific research

The International Whaling Association (IWA) has proposed to prohibit commercial whaling, with the exception of two cases. One is that the nations in the Arctic circle who have been hunting whales for a long time are excluded because of the particularity of regional culture. The second is whaling for the purpose of scientific investigation. Before Japan withdrew from IWA, it was for the purpose of scientific investigation that Japan took advantage of According to incomplete statistics, in the 30 years since Japan did not withdraw from the whaling Association, nearly 400000 whales of all kinds have been captured, accounting for 80% of the world’s whale catches.

The picture shows the Japanese fishing for whales


95% of modern Japanese quit eating whale meat

Some netizens can’t help asking, “is it because the Japanese are keen on eating whale meat that they are so determined to catch whales commercially?” After the end of World War II, due to the economic depression, the Japanese could not solve the domestic famine by eating whale meat. But with the economic development of modern society, nearly 95% of Japanese seldom or never eat whale meat.

Because the living conditions of the Japanese are better now, and when they no longer regard whales as food, whale meat is not a necessary food for the Japanese at the top of the food chain. In the eyes of the Japanese, whales are deep-sea animals, which contain heavy metals and seriously exceed the standard. Moreover, raw whale meat has the smell of copper and rust, and they like to eat the sea raw Naturally, Japanese people will not choose whale meat, while the remaining 5% of Japanese elderly people have special feelings for whale meat, so they still choose to eat it raw.

The picture shows whale meat sold in Japanese supermarkets

Why do Japanese, who don’t like whale meat, continue to hunt whales?


When Japan continued to catch whales, Australia hereby raised a blatant objection. However, Japan still stubbornly insisted, seemingly forgetting its own international image, turning a deaf ear to the persuasion and opposition of outsiders, and paying no attention to the views of other countries on itself. So why do Japanese, who don’t like whale meat, continue to hunt whales?

1. The whale is a treasure, which has extremely important economic value

It has to be said that the whole body of the whale is precious, which has very important economic value. In addition to being used as food materials, its fat can be used as rich animal oil, especially glycerin extracted by science and technology can be used to make soap and extremely lubricating oil. In addition, whales are also widely used in industry. Because the viscosity of whale oil will not change under high temperature, the industrial oil used in many sophisticated industrial equipment is extracted from whales. Because the skin of the whale is soft and fluffy, it is very suitable for making clothes and leather bags. It can be seen that whales have important economic value all over the body. How can Japan easily give up catching whales.

The picture shows the Japanese catching whales



Interest driven competition for marine resources

In addition to being driven by economic interests, Japan also seizes whales to compete for marine resources. When withdrawing from the International Whaling Commission, Japan’s relevant aquatic official said: “in the ocean, whales are the biggest threat to other kinds of fish. The fewer whales, the more other kinds of fish will breed. For example, the Japanese are good at eating tuna, and tuna is on the verge of extinction in recent years. Part of the reasons for the extinction of tuna is related to whales in the eyes of the Japanese. Therefore, in the eyes of the Japanese, whales will snatch the fish resources needed by human beings. In order to compete for marine resources and prevent whales from becoming the last deep-sea food on the human table, they will have to do it To kill whales.

However, there is a deeper purpose behind it. Some experts speculate that Japan’s whaling ships are carrying experts from all walks of life in the ocean, which makes people suspect that the Japanese are actually investigating marine resources in the name of whaling, especially in the exploration of Antarctic marine resources. From this, it can be seen that the Japanese are really selling dog meat with sheep’s head!

The picture shows the Japanese fishing for whales



Protection of traditional whale culture

Earlier, we have mentioned that Japan regards whaling as the most important part of its traditional culture. Japanese whaling has a long history, which can be traced back to the 131st century B.C. for the Japanese, whaling seems to be a common development with Japanese society. Although the current Japanese attitude towards eating whales is very negative, it does not mean that the Japanese will regard whaling as an important culture In order to let future generations remember this cultural process, they will incorporate the whole process of whaling and whale dissection into teaching. This history can not be forgotten!

The picture shows Japanese whaling culture



It’s about politicians

Japan’s whaling is hard to stop. Perhaps to a large extent, it is related to the government. The whole whaling industry is controlled by the government’s important customers. The huge bureaucratic structure behind it, too many economic interests involved, and the broad prospect of market economic benefits make it easy for these politicians and bureaucrats to give up? All this is really chilling.

For the Japanese, we should wake up in time, because human beings live on a common earth, under the same blue sky. If one day the Whale will be completely extinct, and the marine ecological balance will be broken, what kind of reaction will nature have on human beings? We dare not imagine that the diversity of marine biological resources is not only an important maintainer of the marine ecosystem, but also an important guarantee for human beings It provides a broader space for the survival and development of the society. Maintaining the marine ecological balance is the most important thing at present. Only in this way can we promote sustainable development and protect our common marine resources. Everyone is responsible!

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