Despite the constant criticism coming from the international community and eco-activists, one sector of society has given Japanese whalers its seal of approval, at least when it comes to food. The Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru has been granted a halaal certificate to show that whales slaughtered in the ship is in accordance with Muslim law.
The ship was certified on November 24 prior to its sailing for the Southern Ocean for its annual whale hunt, according to a spokesperson for the Kyodo Senpaku. He shared that the ship was examined by special inspectors last year when it was docked in Hiroshima. “If whale meat, which is a by-product of the research-whaling, can be consumed as a good protein source for Muslims in Japan, I think it is a good thing,” said the spokesperson. He also noted that inspectors told the workers in the ship to replace the hand disinfectant solution they are using to avoid contaminating the meat with alcohol solution. While there are significantly a few number of Muslims living in Japan, less than 0.08% of the nation’s total population, measures to accommodate them are being done to encourage more tourists in the country. Currently, there are around 100,000 Muslims in Japan, according to the Japan Muslim Association.
Whaling in Japan has received a lot of criticisms from international conservation groups. While hunting whales for profit is prohibited in the Southern Ocean, Japan has been heading there in recent years to catch the giant mammal for “research purposes.” The International Whaling Commission established the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 1994 to prevent commercial whale hunting. The “research” loophole enables Japanese whalers to continue hunting in that area but this excuse has been continually challenged by countries like Australia and the United States and eco-activists like Sea Shepherd.
[via Times Live]
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