I can tell you for a fact Dave....the Yellow sea is an ecological dead zone.
Completely swept clean of nearly every living thing.
Cows and Chickens and pigs are fairly sustainable resources...Whales are not.
I tend to agree about the Asian mindset regarding what constitutes cruelty to animals. China in particular....if it's remotely organic....it's fare game for the stewpot.
What i saw over that aways in my travels was truly heartbraeking.