Japanese eat whale – level 3
Japanese whalers went back to their centuries-old tradition of hunting whales on Thursday.
Workers in a coastal town can be seen carving up one of the animals as a crowd of students stood around, with free samples of its fried meat handed out later.
Children from two elementary schools on a field trip watched as workers from a whaling company butchered the whale.
The annual event took place in the town of Wada, south of Tokyo, a week into Japan’s first coastal whaling season since a global court halted the country’s better-known Antarctic whaling in March.
Though environmentalists condemn whaling, Japan maintains it is an important part of its food heritage.
The 30-foot-long whale was the worker’s sixth catch this season and they plan to catch 24 more before whaling season ends in late August.
Difficult words: hand out (give for free), annual (happening every year), halt (stop), condemn (to say that you don’t agree with something), heritage (tradition).
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