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Friday, 4 September 2009

Do People Really Eat That???

PDF FileWhat's more to the point is what the Japanese government allows you to eat when it knows what's in it. Why do they turn a blind eye?
Over the last decade, there have been many independent assessments of the levels of toxic chemicals present in cetacean (whale, dolphin and porpoise) products in Japan. Peer reviewed scientific papers have revealed dolphin meat with mercury levels several hundred times higher than government recommended levels.
Dolphins

The contaminants in cetaceans occur primarily because of their position in the food web. They are an apex predator. This means they eat other members of their food web but are generally speaking, not in turn eaten by any other member of it.

Their consumption of fish and lower members of the food web in such high quantities means that whatever small contaminants effect their prey, are then digested in huge quantities. Pollutants from fertilizers, pesticides and combustion of fossil fuels all impact on the prey of these apex predators, and in turn are absorbed into their muscles, organs and fatty tissues.

The attached report serves as scientific evidence to support the conclusion that cetacean meat is not only harmful, but down right dangerous to human health. It also demonstrates that whilst the Japanese government have regulations in regard to contaminant levels in their food, they are disregarding them when it comes to whale and dolphin meat!

You only have to Google Minamata to understand that Japan really, really should know better.

2 comments:

waltersmom said...

I thought I saw a documentary on CBC asking about how many people in Japan actually eat Whale meat, I'm sure it said something like approx. 10% of Japan's population has eaten whale/dolphin meat in their lifetime. If that's the truth, then why is there even a market for it?

Roxy said...

The reality is that even less than that have ever eaten whale meat or ever will. The number is actually between 1 and 5%, and even then that is taking into account that the Japanese government made it part of a compulsory school meal.

Currently 4,000 tonnes of whale meat sits in a huge frozen repository, unwanted and uneaten.

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