A friend of mine from Japan used to like to begin his grad school seminar talks with a favorite recipe for preparing whale meat. His first slide would feature a steaming hot bowl of soup with sliced layers of meat dangling over the side. He was not a joker. He did these things to shock students into a new perspective. My friend wasn’t ready to begin any discussion of Japanese fisheries policy until people understood that whales are a cultural resource in Japan, a downright delicious cultural resource. His approach was provocative. It stole the high ground on the whaling issue, and put conservation minded graduate students in a frustrating position of cultural criticism.
The Japanese whaling fleets and their managers are not shy to adversity. Even now, they assemble for a scientific hunt to kill 50 humpback whales off the coast of Antarctica. Greenpeace has sworn to intervene. The organization says its protest ship will chase the four-vessel fleet to the southern ocean.
This should be interesting. More about the story here and here.