Lauren Williams of The Daily Telegraph writes:
Is this the ultimate humiliation for a whale?
While these white beluga whales don cute little Santa hats to entertain visitors to a Japanese aquarium, their humpback cousins face a degrading end in cold storage at the hands of Japanese whalers in Antarctica.
Visitors to the Hakkeijima Sea Paradise at Japan’s Yokohama Island this week will have the chance to get a wet kiss under the mistletoe from a yuletide beluga.
International Fund for Wildlife campaigner Darren Kindleysides said he thought the show was ironic.
‘While whales are being used for entertainment in Japan, the Japanese fleet is subjecting whales to a cruel death in the Southern Ocean,’ he said ‘Sadly the aquarium owners seem to be showing as little respect for whales as their Government.’