"Japan's Appetite for Whale Meat Wanes"

"Three-quarters of the meat from whales caught last summer was unsold, report reveals."

"Japan's failing appetite for whale meat left three-quarters of meat from whales caught in the north-west Pacific last summer unsold, according to a report.

Junko Sakuma, a freelance journalist, said the body responsible for selling meat from Japan's controversial 'scientific' whaling programme had failed to sell 908 tonnes of the 1,211-tonne catch, despite holding 13 public auctions since last October.

The report, published on the website of the Tokyo-based Dolphin and Whale Action Network, said the Institute of Cetacean Research, a quasi-governmental body that oversees the hunts, had hoped to use sales from the meat to cover the costs of the whaling fleet's expeditions."

Justin McCurry reports for the Guardian June 14, 2012.

Source: Guardian, 06/14/2012