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How the dolphins being massacred to satisfy a food fetish are poisoning the Japanese who eat them
The Daily Mail ^ | 9/5/09 | Danny Penman

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at dailymail.co.uk ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: animalrights; animalwhackos; dolphins; hsus; humanesociety; peta
Those poor dolphins! But I guess at least now they have a defense to fight back against the Japanese and prevent their merciless slaughter, just like our soldiers!
1 posted on 09/05/2009 9:10:26 AM PDT by pleasenoobama
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To: pleasenoobama

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.


2 posted on 09/05/2009 9:12:55 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: pleasenoobama

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].


3 posted on 09/05/2009 9:15:02 AM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


4 posted on 09/05/2009 9:25:10 AM PDT by Citizen Tom Paine
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To: pleasenoobama
I wonder if this is not just propaganda...
Democrats hate every successful business venture..
Mining, oil exploration, logging, or pretty much any natural resource being exploited..

Could be.. DEMOCRATS SEEM to hate people...
especially non leftist people..

5 posted on 09/05/2009 9:26:44 AM PDT by hosepipe (This propaganda has been edited to include some fully orbed hyperbole....)
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To: pleasenoobama
This article long on assertions and short on credible citations.


. . . recent scientific research suggests that the Japanese authorities might be endangering the health of their own children through this practice.

What research?


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.

6 posted on 09/05/2009 9:32:10 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Health Care Reform has met the DEATH Panel.)
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To: pleasenoobama

"The dolphins make me cry...."
7 posted on 09/05/2009 9:34:44 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Citizen Tom Paine
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.

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.

8 posted on 09/05/2009 9:40:44 AM PDT by Charles Martel (NRA Lifetime Member since 1984; TSRA rookie)
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To: muawiyah; pleasenoobama
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.

This wasn't caused by volcanoes.

9 posted on 09/05/2009 9:44:44 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: pleasenoobama

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.


10 posted on 09/05/2009 9:45:31 AM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: wideminded

Do you know what dolphins eat?


11 posted on 09/05/2009 9:46:04 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Do you know what dolphins eat?

Fish?
12 posted on 09/05/2009 9:48:41 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Charles Martel

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.


13 posted on 09/05/2009 9:51:36 AM PDT by aruanan
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To: Citizen Tom Paine

It seems the only current source of DDT is Indo-China ~ so it means the polluters are Commies, not capitalists.


14 posted on 09/05/2009 9:52:14 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: HiTech RedNeck

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.


15 posted on 09/05/2009 9:54:14 AM PDT by elcid1970
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To: Jeff Chandler
The only cites you can find showing really high levels in dolphin meat found in present day Japanese markets are, themselves, dated from 1981, or analytical articles produced in 1991 about those studies from 1981.

The high mercury level dolphins are also from Indo-China.

16 posted on 09/05/2009 9:54:14 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: aruanan

And fish eat anything I never eat fish.


17 posted on 09/05/2009 9:55:14 AM PDT by Vaduz
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To: pleasenoobama

Eating apex predators is usually not a good idea as they concentrate the bad chemicals of their food victims.


18 posted on 09/05/2009 9:55:16 AM PDT by Mike Darancette (Obamacare is "Shovel Ready".)
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To: wideminded

Date on Minimoto Disease is “1956” ~


19 posted on 09/05/2009 9:55:46 AM PDT by muawiyah
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To: pleasenoobama

More environmentalist lies!


20 posted on 09/05/2009 10:00:27 AM PDT by dalereed
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To: pleasenoobama

I don’t understand how eating the dolphin is different from eating a pig or cow.


21 posted on 09/05/2009 10:00:35 AM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: Zhang Fei; aruanan
The writer destroyed his own credibility when he mentioned DDT as a poison. ... The Russians tried to poison the Ukrainian leader Yushchenko with a megadose of it.

Exposures of thousands of times the “safe” limit can cause a type of acne.

I think you guys might be confusing DDT with dioxin.

22 posted on 09/05/2009 10:02:08 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: elcid1970

Mahi-mahi is dolphin, the fish, and I do believe the article is talking about dolphin, the aquatic mammal.

Two different animals, literally.


23 posted on 09/05/2009 10:06:03 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (No Representation without Taxation!)
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To: muawiyah
Date on Minimata Disease is “1956” ~

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.

24 posted on 09/05/2009 10:15:52 AM PDT by wideminded
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To: pleasenoobama

Lucky Japanese. Tuna just doesn’t taste right since they took the dolphin out of it.


25 posted on 09/05/2009 10:20:31 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: All

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.


26 posted on 09/05/2009 10:22:52 AM PDT by BipolarBob (Yes I backed over the vampire but I swear I didn't see it in my rearview mirror.)
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To: Zhang Fei

When I was a kid, one of the joys of summer was riding your bike in the “smoke” behind the mosquito truck spraying DDT.


27 posted on 09/05/2009 10:24:10 AM PDT by Clay Moore (Obama: A good example of why stupid people shouldn't vote.)
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To: pleasenoobama
Free Republic is not the place for animal rights activism, so stuff it.
28 posted on 09/05/2009 10:33:17 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode
"Free Republic is not the place for animal rights activism, so stuff it."

Attention everyone, all animal-related posts should be pre-approved by the Manic_Episode committee. Repeat offenders will be reported to the appropriate czar.

29 posted on 09/05/2009 10:58:03 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: elcid1970

Mahi-Mahi is often called “dolphin fish’” but is not actaully a dolphin or a mammal.


30 posted on 09/05/2009 10:58:17 AM PDT by LanaTurnerOverdrive ("I've done a few things in my life I'm not proud of, and the things I am proud of are disgusting.")
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To: elcid1970
Look dolphin and porpoise
Look at the photos

One is Flipper
One is dinner

they are not the same.

31 posted on 09/05/2009 11:01:25 AM PDT by ASOC (Cave quid dicis, quando, et cui)
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To: elcid1970

You scared me there, but I double checked again and it turns out that mahi-mahi is a fish not a mammal.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahi-mahi


32 posted on 09/05/2009 11:18:50 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (So how about, in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up? - Gov. Palin)
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To: UnwashedPeasant; Manic_Episode

His name suits him perfectly.


33 posted on 09/05/2009 11:39:00 AM PDT by definitelynotaliberal (So how about, in honor of the American soldier, ya quit making things up? - Gov. Palin)
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To: definitelynotaliberal

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?


34 posted on 09/05/2009 12:22:23 PM PDT by elcid1970
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To: wideminded

This article says Minamata bay is now free of methylmercury. http://www.nhne.com/newsbriefs/nhnenb72.html


35 posted on 09/05/2009 1:23:35 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: wideminded

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


36 posted on 09/05/2009 1:28:00 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: UnwashedPeasant
Your hyperbole is duly noted.

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.

37 posted on 09/06/2009 11:06:42 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: definitelynotaliberal
Way to pile on with your liberal jackass buddies.
38 posted on 09/06/2009 11:14:02 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: elcid1970
"Wasn’t the Bataan Death March enough to satisfy their sadistic appetites?"

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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.

You stink.

39 posted on 09/06/2009 11:20:33 AM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: Manic_Episode
You are 100% right.

Comparing Japanese WWII atrocities to eating dolphin meat is frivolous and disgusting.

40 posted on 09/06/2009 11:57:43 AM PDT by UnwashedPeasant (Don't nuke me, bro)
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To: Clay Moore
When I was a kid, one of the joys of summer was riding your bike in the “smoke” behind the mosquito truck spraying DDT.

You're not alone in that...

41 posted on 09/06/2009 12:37:53 PM PDT by Zhang Fei (Let us pray that peace be now restored to the world and that God will preserve it always)
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To: Zhang Fei

and I bet you were riding that bicycle without a helmut,...weren’t you? Just how did we ever make it this far?


42 posted on 09/06/2009 12:43:39 PM PDT by Cvengr (Adversity in life and death is inevitable. Thru faith in Christ, stress is optional.)
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To: Manic_Episode

It was a bad stupid joke and I apologize. I was not thinking at all.

My grateful regards to your grandfather.


43 posted on 09/06/2009 3:37:37 PM PDT by elcid1970 ("O Muslim! My bullets are lubricated in pig grease!")
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To: elcid1970
Accepted. Sorry for losing my cool.
44 posted on 09/06/2009 3:58:44 PM PDT by Manic_Episode (Some mornings, it's just not worth chewing through the leather straps...)
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To: elcid1970

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).


45 posted on 09/06/2009 10:20:00 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Proud Sarah-Bot.)
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