Agreement on mammals that walk

Japan and Australia have come to a consensus on animal welfare, agreeing that mammals born on land, such as pigs and cows, can be slaughtered at will.

Both countries recognised the practice of breeding land mammals and confining them to tight spaces until killed for human consumption.

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull in his first visit to Japan did however fail to reach an agreement with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe on the hunting of mammals living in the ocean.

“Our rule of thumb is: if it’s a walker, it’s time to slaughter,” said one Australian official.

The Australian government raised concerns that the hunting of ocean mammals, such as the non-endangered minke whale, was cruel when compared to breeding mammals for the specific purpose of a life of confinement and guaranteed slaughter.

“If whales were on Japan’s coat of arms, like the mouth-watering kangaroo, we may be more accommodating,” the Australian official told reporters.