Endangered Whales Are Turned into Luxury Dog Food
Update: Michinoku Farm stopped selling dog food made from endangered whales after receiving pressure from environmental groups. This success is amazing! But, let’s keep in mind that many companies still sell whale products–and the North Atlantic fin whale continues to be slaughtered for export each year. At least for now, the whale won’t be hunted for luxury dog treats.
Whalers from Iceland (ships pictured below) are killing endangered fin whales and shipping the meat to Japan so that it can be made into luxury dog food. How crazy is that?
Michinoku Farm, a Tokyo-based company, is offering chews made from North Atlantic fin whales on its company website, with the meat described as a “low calorie, low fat, high protein” snack. [...]
Michinoku’s website, which also sells pet goodies it says are made from Mongolian horses and kangaroos, has three different sized packets of whale chews, with a 60 gram (2 oz) bag selling for Y609 yen ($A6.28) and a 500 gram bag for 3,780 yen. (source)
The whole point is for rich folks to show off their wealth with “something different” for their pets. Ugh. What next? Poodles chewing on tiger bones? Water bowls for cats made out of elephant ivory tusks?
Above is a fin whale seen from the air.
Via The Age