It is separate from the smaller coastal whaling programmes in northern Japan, whose meat still attracts buyers because it is fresh – as opposed to frozen – and sold in regions with deep whale-eating traditions.
The institute held regular auctions between November and March to sell frozen meat from creatures caught in Northwestern Pacific waters last summer. It was intended to promote whale consumption and increase revenue.
A spokesman for the institute blamed the "disappointing" auction results on food sellers wishing to avoid trouble with anti-whaling activists.
"We have to think about new ways to market whale meat," he told AFP.
Or.... You could just STOP KILLING WHALES
"If we could live happy and healthy lives without harming others... why wouldn't we?" - Edgars Mission
Obviously more and more people are avoiding whale meat after hearing the bad rap about it...lol they should just stop.
Go get em Whale Wars Crew~!
Curious, has anyone read Feed by M.T. Anderson? That book had a horrible whaling scene that undoubtedly built into my growing guilt over eating meat. Wasting meat has always rubbed me wrong in a way since an animal had to die for your frivolous wants, and just not even eating the meat seems to make it even more frivolous and petty of a want. Meat translate into an animals life, and people who treat meat as something so small and insignificant tell me that they see animal lives as petty and insignificant. Right before I went vegetarian, I got a deep understanding of the seriousness of meat, that it was precious in a way since an animal had to die for it. The thought of 75% of it going to waste means that 75% of the whales didn't even die for a want of a human, but just for nothing. But logically, I know that this is a good thing. It is a sign that the whaling industry is dying. Of course, whale meat will likely just be replaced with some other kind of meat...
I agree with Erratus, too. Wasted meat is the worst because then the animal's life is taken for a petty reason and then not even appreciated in any way. It makes me sad and angry, and I hope this information leads to a major change in the industry.
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