Have you ever eaten whale meat? It is rather difficult for me to imagine including that in my diet. Why? I am not sure. I have never thought of it. However, whale meat used to be popular throughout the Middle Ages in Europe. Even though people in Colonial America consumed whale meat, by the time whale hunting became commercialized, the general public was “too civilized” to eat it. In Japan, people have been eating whale meat since 800 A.D., but it became the main source of protein after World War II.
Wikipedia shows us that no part of the whale gets wasted: “The belly meat, (…) “from the lower jaw to the navel”, (…) is known for being made into whale bacon. The prized tail meat, (…) are two strips of muscle that run from the dorsal to the base of the fluke. The tail meat is regarded as marbled, and is eaten as sashimi or tataki. (…) The other portions are labelled lean, or “red meat” and command much lower prices than the tail. The fluke or tail flipper, (…) after being cured in salt it is thinly sliced, scalded with hot water and rinsed, and served as sarashi kujira. The tongue (…) is often processed and used in high-end oden. The fried skin (…) is (…) analogous to “fritter/crackling”.”
As of July 1st, 2019, Japan is again able to hunt whales after three decades of being a part of the International Whaling Commission. Back in the 80s, Japan joined the IWC in order to help the whale population get back to status quo. It was their belief that the ban would be temporary. They have grown tired of their sustainable whaling proposals being rejected and nothing changing. The President of the Humane Society International spoke against Japan’s decision, mentioning the demand for whale meat being low. If the demand is low, will the supply not be curbed soon enough? And if that is the case, why have the ban anyway? It just sounds silly to say: “You should not be doing this, but do not worry, because no one will buy your product.” Around 200,000 tons of whale meat was consumed every year in the 60s. The number has dropped down to about 5,000 tons in recent years.
The Japanese people could not be happier to have their tradition returned. Once the first legal whales were brought in, they poured sake over the whales’ bodies to “purify” it, which is in line with their tradition.
The next piece of news comes from Alabama. Well, I am not sure how much of this is real, because nothing was proven. This is all alleged. Supposedly, the Police executed a search warrant in a residence where an attack squirrel on meth resided. Yes, you read that right. Before they entered the premises, they were warned by an anonymous source that they would find an aggressive squirrel, which is being fed methamphetamine. The fugitive is wanted for gun and drug possession. He was not at that location when the warrant was executed. Someone else at that residence was arrested with possession charges. The owner of the squirrel posted a short video stating that he no longer lives at the location that was raided, but his pet was still there because he did not remove all of his things from there yet. He is seen petting a squirrel in the video. The animal was to come to him once he drove by the old address and whistled. He refuses any accusations related to him feeding the squirrel meth to make it more aggressive. The man claims the animal can be vicious but is not on drugs.
Because I do not want you to abandon all hope this early in the week, I have one more animal – related story to share with you. This time it is a positive one. Even though I grew to like some cats throughout the years, I am more of a dog person. Why? The below story will explain some of the reasoning.
Have you heard of the Japanese dog named Hachiko? To refresh your memory: it was a dog who walked his master to the train and saw him off to work every single day. Later in the day, he would greet his returned from work owner. Unfortunately, one day, the professor died and never returned from work. The dog kept coming back and waiting for his master every day for TEN YEARS. That is dedication.
This more recent story comes from New Jersey, where a dog kept sitting by an empty bed, waiting for his owner to return. Only the man passed due to cancer and would never return to that bad. Moose’s story is a touching one. Two years ago, the dog was found tied to a railroad sign. The Eleventh Hour Rescue shelter took him in. A year after that, the now deceased man adopted Moose. And then he found out he had cancer… The Eleventh Hour Rescue took the dog back once the man passed. The photo of a dog sitting patiently by an empty hospital bed went viral and Moose found a new home pretty quickly. Hopefully the dog and the new people form as strong of a bond as the dog and his previous owner did. If you treat your dog right, you will have a great friend.
What should the relationship between humans and animals be?
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