The end of whaling in Japan…

…was a hoax.

A report that the Japanese government will scrap all research whaling has been dismissed as a hoax.


So please, stop e-mailing me this:

“Effective immediately, Japan will no longer conduct scientific research on whale populations which require capture and dissection,” said Chief Cabinet Secretary Makoto Inoue, speaking at a press conference in Tokyo. “The Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries has revoked all permits for whaling research.”

Asked about the motivation behind the sudden announcement, Inoue said, “It cannot be denied that that whaling severely and unnecessarily damages the image of Japan in the international community, due to the strong sentiment against whaling in many countries,” speaking through an interpreter. “There is no longer any economic need for Japan to obtain protein from the whales, so it would be irrational and pointless to continue catching whales.”




  1. WhySharksMatter · April 20, 2011

    Why do I never get these hoax e-mails? Someday, I will be considered important enough to lie to.

    • Southern Fried Scientist · April 20, 2011

      I doubt the readers who e-mailed me realized the original article was a hoax, it’s been spreading across twitter like wildfire since 8 this morning.

  2. Patric Douglas · April 20, 2011

    Wishful thinking, the truth and internal politics are always more nuanced.

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