THE Australian government is under pressure to secure the release of three Australian activists detained after boarding a Japanese whaling security ship the Shonan Maru No 2. But it is more likely the men will be taken to Japan to face legal action.
Prisoners don’t usually get a lot of choice in what they have for dinner. Minke whale is probably on the menu.
Some people worry about whether a particular food tastes good, others whether it is healthy. Activists are often concerned with the ethics of food production and consumption.
There are two criteria that I consider valid when it comes to ethical food choice: 1. Is the harvest of the animal sustainable, and 2. Is the killing humane.
Whaling by the Japanese is undertaken in accordance with a strict quota system to ensure populations are not depleted and every effort is made to get a quick and painless kill including through the use of a grenade tipped harpoon.
So I had no problems with the ethics of eating free-range, organic whale when I visited Tokyo… and the right cut, properly cooked, tasted like an exceptionally tender eye fillet.
I wonder how whale meat is served to prisoners on the Shonan Maru No. 2?
Whale on the menu in Tokyo: http://jennifermarohasy.com/2008/09/eating-whale-in-tokyo/
David’s blog: http://david-in-tokyo.blogspot.com/