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Japanese Whalers Making Big Money on Illegal Whale Meat

The BP oil spill may have killed a baby whale, but there are much bigger problems for endangered whales around the world. Japanese, Norwegian and Icelandic whalers have been whaling unsustainably and illegally for years despite an international moratorium on whaling. Rather than address this problem with stronger laws and enforcement, the International Whaling Commission […]

July 6th

Endangered Whale Massacre on the Horizon?

Here is some very surprising and disappointing news. The Chair of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) announced a proposal this week that would endorse the killing of whales, including some endangered species. The proposal would also allow the killing of whales in their number one feeding ground — the Southern Ocean. This would reverse a […]

April 27th

50,000 Non-Toxic Puffer Fish Raised in Japan

Considered a delicacy by many, puffer fish are the second most deadly vertebrate in the world.  In fact, in order to prepare fugu, Japanese chefs must obtain a special license after three years of apprenticeship.  Only 30% of chefs actually pass the test and become fugu licensed.  The dangers of preparing and eating blowfish may […]

November 30th