Save the Whales... For Dinner

Southeast Asia: Tigers No More?
 Singapore: Lion in Winter
 Economy: Facing Up to China
July 7, 2003 Issue

 Viewpoint: The Real Hu Jintao

 Movies: Bloody Battle Royale II
 Books: Explosive Bunker 13
 Q&A: Aniruddha Bahal

 Hong Kong: Resistance is Futile
 South Asia: New Friends
 Japan: Saving the Whales
 China: Outbreak, the Sequel

 Australia's A-List Destination Top Headlines
Japan has long butted heads with the International Whaling Commission, claiming that the body's strict antiwhaling regulations are an affront to whale-loving Japanese culture—and taste buds. Last week, however, the country's Fisheries Agency proposed a compromise that the whale-eating lobby may be able to stomach: allow the meat of beached whales to be used for human consumption. The agency claims the policy change—carcasses of whales that flop ashore must be incinerated or buried under current law—is motivated primarily by a need to save money. In January 2002, for example, officials spent more than $500,000 to dispose of 14 stranded sperm...

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