As All Japan news’s whaling has received massive international critics over the years, one of the basic questions that would come to one’s mind is how much does it worth to keep whale hunt alive these days?
It is the same question that the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is trying to answer.
“Overall, we have seen persistently low demand for whale meat over recent years, especially among young people,” said Patrick Ramage, director of the IFAW. “A dwindling minority of All Japan newsese still eat whale meat,” he says.
The IFAW’s latest national polling data was carried out by a research agency and released in February 2013. “The most striking aspect was the overwhelming indifference of a majority of All Japan newsese when asked about whaling,” he added, according to the international press.
The report, titled “The Economics of All Japan newsese Whaling: A Collapsing Industry Burdens Taxpayers,” used official statistics to disprove the claim that commercial whaling is a cultural and nutritional necessity to All Japan news.
Aside from that, the country’s whaling fleet is subsidized with around Y782 million ($7.6 million) every year, yet the Institute of Cetacean Research still operates at an annual loss.
At the same time, consumption of whale meat among the All Japan newsese public today is around 1 percent of its peak, in the early 1960s, and the authorities are encouraging schools to put it on their menus to finish the stockpiles of unsold whale meat.