Skip to comments.How the dolphins being massacred to satisfy a food fetish are poisoning the Japanese who eat them
Posted on 09/05/2009 9:10:26 AM PDT by pleasenoobama
Within 12 months, the Japanese were killing more than 40,000 dolphins every year. Most were fed to children in school meals, with the rest being exported to China.
Ironically, recent scientific research suggests that the Japanese authorities might be endangering the health of their own children through this practice.
Dolphin meat is full of toxic mercury, cadmium, DDT and carcinogens such as dioxins and PCBs. Some cuts of dolphin meat have more than 5,000 times the safe level of mercury. Such levels can very quickly lead to severe nervous system problems and even insanity.
The dolphin meat is so toxic because the seas around Japan have become a soup of industrial wastes. These poisons become concentrated in fish, which the dolphins then eat. And when the Japanese eat the dolphins, they progressively poison themselves.
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Worth thinking about, the “seas around Japan” are also full of runoff from gigantic volcanoes. I seriously doubt industry holds a candle against the stuff that’s already there and has been for thousands of years.
In the meantime we go to great lengths to be sure our tuna fish is dolphin free. Why can’t two fish be killed with one stone? Go back to the old dolphin-full net trawlers and reporpoise the dolphins [pun intended].
Where is the DDT coming from which is polluting the poor dolphins? Has the bad American capitalists been dumping it is the oceans to get rid of it? Situation pends.
Could be.. DEMOCRATS SEEM to hate people...
especially non leftist people..
. . . recent scientific research suggests that the Japanese authorities might be endangering the health of their own children through this practice.
Dolphin meat is full of toxic mercury, cadmium, DDT and carcinogens such as dioxins and PCBs.
What does "full of" actually mean?
Some cuts of dolphin meat have more than 5,000 times the safe level of mercury.
Which cuts? How prevalent is this level in dolphin meat cuts?
Such levels can very quickly lead to severe nervous system problems and even insanity.
In the dolphins?
The dolphin meat is so toxic because the seas around Japan have become a soup of industrial wastes.
Where is the citation for this hyperbolic assertion?
And when the Japanese eat the dolphins, they progressively poison themselves.
Again, assertions without evidence.
This entire article is political propaganda.
The stuff is only made in India, China and North Korea - allegedly for "disease control" purposes, not agriculture. Maybe "Silent Spring" hasn't yet been translated into Hindi, Mandarin, etc.
This wasn't caused by volcanoes.
The writer destroyed his own credibility when he mentioned DDT as a poison. It is, but only to insects. The Russians tried to poison the Ukrainian leader Yushchenko with a megadose of it. He got a skin rash. Of course, it might have worked better if Yushchenko had been an insect.
Do you know what dolphins eat?
Oh well, you can eat grams of DDT without harm. It’s only in the late Rachel Carson’s formerly-fevered imagination that it poses a danger to humans. The same is true for PCBs. Exposures of thousands of times the “safe” limit can cause a type of acne.
It seems the only current source of DDT is Indo-China ~ so it means the polluters are Commies, not capitalists.
Wow! I didn’t know Flipper was on the menu in Japan. They are great consumers of whale meat, so it makes sense.
But our seafood menus say “mahi-mahi” instead of “dolphin” so nobody will think they’re eating Flipper.
Anyway, this article is pure eco-nut propaganda.
The high mercury level dolphins are also from Indo-China.
And fish eat anything I never eat fish.
Eating apex predators is usually not a good idea as they concentrate the bad chemicals of their food victims.
Date on Minimoto Disease is “1956” ~
More environmentalist lies!
I don’t understand how eating the dolphin is different from eating a pig or cow.
Exposures of thousands of times the safe limit can cause a type of acne.
I think you guys might be confusing DDT with dioxin.
Mahi-mahi is dolphin, the fish, and I do believe the article is talking about dolphin, the aquatic mammal.
Two different animals, literally.
Exactly. If you were right about the volcanoes, the disease would have been going on for "thousands of years".
It's clear there has been mercury pollution of the seas around Japan, and no doubt it is difficult, if not impossible to clean up.
Lucky Japanese. Tuna just doesn’t taste right since they took the dolphin out of it.
This ecologic environmental poisoning is EXACTLY what caused the birth of Godzilla!! It seems the Japanese should have learned their lesson after Tokyo got destroyed last time.
When I was a kid, one of the joys of summer was riding your bike in the “smoke” behind the mosquito truck spraying DDT.
Attention everyone, all animal-related posts should be pre-approved by the Manic_Episode committee. Repeat offenders will be reported to the appropriate czar.
Mahi-Mahi is often called “dolphin fish’” but is not actaully a dolphin or a mammal.
One is Flipper
One is dinner
they are not the same.
You scared me there, but I double checked again and it turns out that mahi-mahi is a fish not a mammal.
His name suits him perfectly.
To all my critics who point to the differences between dolphin fish and dolphin mammal:
I am now and have long been aware of the two different genus and species.
But, believe it or not, many seafood restaurant patrons are not, enough so that the Hawaiian menu term was substituted years ago to prevent both anxiety and confusion when ordering.
Now it is reported that those cruel Japanese are knowingly eating Flipper.
Wasn’t the Bataan Death March enough to satisfy their sadistic appetites?
This article says Minamata bay is now free of methylmercury. http://www.nhne.com/newsbriefs/nhnenb72.html
In fact, methylmercury from volcanic sources has been causing Minamata Disease for millions of years ~ check the site below for information regarding methylmercury and mercury poisoning ~ cleaning up industry isn’t the only thing that needs to be done ~ http://en.allexperts.com/e/m/me/methylmercury.htm
I fail to see how people eating meat somehow equates with our soldiers fighting a war as the TS states in their opening post.
That is garbage that does not advance the cause of conservatism.
It is in fact the liberal position for animal rights activist whackos to equate animal rights with the rights of human beings, so you can stuff it as well.
My Grandpa survived the Bataan Death March. For you to equate what he endured to people eating meat is about as stupid a thing I have ever seen of FR.
You dishonor the memory of our soldiers.
Comparing Japanese WWII atrocities to eating dolphin meat is frivolous and disgusting.
You're not alone in that...
and I bet you were riding that bicycle without a helmut,...weren’t you? Just how did we ever make it this far?
It was a bad stupid joke and I apologize. I was not thinking at all.
My grateful regards to your grandfather.
I think the Japan version really is Flipper, rather than the fish served in the States. Another unusual thing served in Japan is whale meat (from non endangered species).