Japanese town wants to open a marine park with dolphin meat on the menu
Many people abide by the age-old wisdom that if you’ve got lemons, you might as well make lemonade. The Japanese town of Taiji has a slightly different twist on that idea. They’ve got dolphins. So they’re going to sell access to them as entertainment. And then make dolphin burgers.
The town of Taiji has begun researching a plan to section off part of a cove and turn it into a place where people can swim and kayak alongside small whales and dolphins, Masaki Wada told AFP…
“We already use dolphins and small whales as a source of tourism in the cove where dolphin-hunting takes place. … But we plan to do it on a larger scale. This is part of Taiji’s long-term plan of making the whole town a park, where you can enjoy watching marine mammals while tasting various marine products, including whale and dolphin meat,” he said.
We understand that people eat meat. And we understand that people eat meat from animals that Americans might choose not to. But this is like playing with your dog while grilling hot dogs made of dog meat. Eat the things OR make them do tricks for you — doing both is just rude.
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