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Tsunami Recovery Funds Subsidize Japanese Whale Hunt via @Care2 -- Please Retweet

Tsunami Recovery Funds Subsidize Japanese Whale Hunt via @Care2 -- Please Retweet

A Greenpeace investigation has forced Japanese officials to admit that they will have diverted a large portion of money earmarked for disaster recovery to subsidize its annual whale hunt . According to the Guardian, the government used 2.28 billion yen (US$30m) from the earthquake recovery fund, on top of its existing $6m annual subsidy, to pay for this year’s hunt. “It is absolutely disgraceful for the Japanese government to pump yet more taxpayer money on an unneeded, unwanted and economically unviable whaling programme, when funds are desperately needed for recovery efforts,” said Junichi Sato, the executive director of Greenpeace Japan told the Guardian. Officially, the funds were delivered to the Japan’s Institute for Cetacean Research (ICR), the agency that runs Japan’s ‘research’ whaling program. This year, the hunt aims to kill 900 minke whales and 50 fin whales in...

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