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鲸豚保护会谴责日本鲸肉制狗食

2006-02-14 00:00蒋黎黎,CRI

Japanese Said "Feeding Whale Meat to Dogs"

    Japan's stock of whale meat from hunting for scientific research is so large that the country has begun selling it as dog food, a leading marine conservation organisation said on Friday.

    The charity the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS) said Japan's whale meat stocks had doubled over the past 10 years as it increased the number of animals it killed every year, despite a global ban on commercial hunting.

    "Whaling is a cruel activity and the fact that Japan is killing these amazing animals to produce dog food is shocking," said WDCS science director Mark Simmonds.

    "We have heard many arguments from Japan over the years about why whaling is necessary to them but they have never stated that they needed to kill whales to feed their dogs."

    Japan abandoned commercial whaling in 1986, in line with an international moratorium, but began catching whales again the following year for what it calls scientific research.

    The WDCS said Japan's stockpile of whale meat stood at 4,800 tonnes last year compared with 673 tonnes in March 1998, and that this year it had doubled its hunt of minke whales as well as adding humpback and fin whales to the tally.

    It estimated that this could add a further 1,700 tonnes of whale meat to the already bursting warehouses.

    In an attempt to shift the rising whale meat mountains, Japan had already resorted to subsidising sales of whale burgers and whale meat in school menus, but prices were falling steadily due to the surplus.

    Now, WDCS said, it had found a Web site advertising whale meat for pet food, extolling its virtues as "organic" and "safe and healthy" coming from factories already processing whale meat for human consumption.



    世界鲸豚保护学会日前指出,日本已将以科研名义捕杀的大量鲸鱼肉制作成狗食出售。

    据路透社2月10日报道,鲸豚保护学会指出,尽管商业捕鲸行为在全球已被禁止,但随着日本每年捕杀鲸鱼数目的增加,该国囤积的鲸肉数量已经在过去的10年里翻了一番。鲸豚保护学会的科学主管马克·西蒙德说: “捕鲸本身就是一种残忍的行为,而日本捕杀这种珍贵的动物用来制成狗食的事实更令人震惊。”西蒙德还提到:“这些年来,我们总能听到日本以各种理由来辩解捕杀鲸鱼的必要性,但他们从来没有声明需要捕杀鲸鱼来喂养宠物狗。”

    1986年,在国际社会的压力下,日本开始禁止商业捕鲸行为,但第2年它就打着“科研捕鲸”的旗号开始继续捕杀鲸鱼。鲸豚保护学会指出,1998年,日本囤积的鲸肉为673吨,这一数字到2005年迅速上升为了4800吨。据鲸豚保护学会估计,2006年,日本又将增加1700吨的鲸肉囤积量。为了消耗不断堆积如山的鲸肉,日本已将鲸肉用在馅饼中、并将鲸肉引入学生食堂,但由于供大于求,鲸肉的价格仍在持续下滑。

    鲸豚保护学会表示,日本目前已经在网上刊登出了用鲸肉制成的狗食的销售广告,并宣称这种“有机的健康安全的”狗食来自生产供人类食用的鲸肉的工厂。鲸豚保护学会指出:“鲸豚保护学会希望,日本公然将鲸肉制成狗食的行为暴露了它所谓的‘科研捕鲸’只是一个充满政治目的的伪装而已。”

 

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