Arguing that whales consume several times more fish than humans and that their growing population runs the risk of tilting the delicate balance of the marine ecosystem, professor and food scientist Kohmei Wani is leading a grassroots push for the relaxation of worldwide bans on whaling.

The president of the Association for the Preservation of Food Custom through Sustainable Whaling in Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, argues the International Whaling Commission needs to recognize the benefits of Japan’s research whaling and long history of harvesting and eating whales.

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