Saturday, 27 February 2016

Japanese safety inspectors save the fin whales

Fin Whales Safe Off Iceland as Japanese Bureaucracy Snarls Hunts - Bloomberg Business:
"Fin whales, the world’s second-largest mammal, can swim safely around Iceland’s shores this summer thanks to the dedication of the Japanese bureaucracy.
The Nordic country’s biggest whaling company, Hvalur hf, has been forced to halt its operations as it’s unable to deal with the demands of Japanese safety inspectors.
The company was this season planning on catching as many as 155 fin whales, which can measure up to 27 meters (88 feet) and weigh about 70 metric tons.
Chief Executive Officer Kristjan Loftsson said he has suspended hunting because of Japan’s methods of probing for toxins or contaminants in whale meat and blubber.
“Sending products to Japan is like playing Russian roulette," Loftsson said in a telephone interview Friday.
“They’re using a method which is so imprecise and so old -- a Stone Age method -- that it makes it impossible to know in advance what will come out of their research. And if they don’t like their findings, they simply destroy the product.""

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