10 Countries That Are Number One For Terrible Things MAX COONEY
There isn’t a single easy way to estimate which country has the worst record when it comes to animal cruelty, but Japan’s terrible track record compared to other developed countries certainly makes it a strong candidate. Infamously, Japan has continued to hunt whales and dolphins on an industrial scale, insisting its fleet is engaged in “scientific research” to get around international restrictions on whaling. Since demand for whale meat has plummetedid① over the last 50 years, the industry is unprofitable, yet the Japanese government continues to subsidize it to the tune of around $10 million a year. Excess whale meat is often fed to schoolchildren② under the guise of educating them “about the kind of school lunches Japan had in the past.” The annual Taiji dolphin hunt③ sees around 2,500 dolphins herded into a cove by noisemaking boats and trapped there overnight. In the morning, the dolphins are stabbed to death with harpoons, hooks, and knives, turning the water red with blood.
Things aren’t ideal on land either. The 1973 Welfare and Management of Animals Act states that if an owner doesn’t come to adopt a stray dog or cat, it must be “disposed of” properly. Unfortunately, this is usually carried out by gas, which can often take an excruciating 30 minutes to course through the animal’s body. But things aren’t hopeless—a pound in Japan is taking steps to save many pets’ lives. The Kumamoto City Animal Welfare Center is beginning to ask why people bring in their dogs and cats to be disposed of, and in many cases will try to talk them out of it④. Amazingly, most people will change their minds and decide to continue taking care of the animals. In 2002, the center was putting down almost 400 animals a year. In all of 2009, they put down a total of seven. http://listverse.com/2014/10/02/10-countries-that-are-number-one-for-terrible-things/
青文字にした部分はリンクになっている ①has plummetedid http://www.theepochtimes.com/n2/world/japanese-whaling-unprofitable-highly-subsidized-351029.html ②fed to schoolchildren http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2013/02/05/i-ll-have-the-whale-please-japan-s-unsustainable-whale-hunts.html （拙ブログではおなじみジェイク・エーデルスタイン氏の記事ですね） ③Taiji dolphin hunt http://advocacy.britannica.com/blog/advocacy/2009/04/dolphin-slaughter-in-japan/ ④talk them out of it http://en.rocketnews24.com/2013/08/01/500-cats-dogs-legally-killed-in-japan-per-day-but-one-organization-says-no-more/ 問題はこれ