The Morality of Tuna Rolls

tuna auction in JapanI love sushi, but it has been clear for a long time now that bluefin tuna are being hunted to extinction. The final blow to the tuna seems to have been struck at the recent meetings that have set the tuna fishing quota at an unsustainable level. See Bluefin tuna – magnificent fish too valuable to save for the details.

Which leaves me wondering what I should do? In the past, I’ve tried to assuage my conscience by telling myself that my abstaining from tuna sushi will not make a difference, and that’s certainly correct: the vast majority of tuna is flash frozen and sent to Japan. At this point, though, I think I have passed the point of rationalization. Every time anyone eats blue-fin tuna, they are eating an endangered species. And, I don’t think I can do that anymore.

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