Japan, which kills hundreds of whales every year, says the hunt is carried out for scientific research purposes. Critics say this is a cover for commercial whaling, and that whale meat not used in research is sold for food.
Thanks to the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Society, they only got about 500 this year instead of their projected 900+. Science, my ass!
Meat from Japanese “research” whales has been found in US West Coast restaurants, as well as restaurants in South Korea.