Monday, June 19, 2006

Japan wants to start murdering whales again

What the fuck?! What the hell is Japan trying to do? The Japanese and other pro-whaling nations have succeeded in taking the first step to resume commercial whaling, an activity that has been banned for 20 years. From BBC:
Pro-whaling nations have won their first vote towards the resumption of commercial whaling for 20 years.

The meeting of the International Whaling Commission backed the declaration by a majority of just one.

Anti-whaling countries say they will challenge the outcome, which Japan has described as "historic"...

Tokyo believes whale numbers have risen sufficiently to allow the hunting of certain species.

However, Japan's Deputy Whaling Commissioner, Joji Morishita, said any future commercial whaling would be on a much smaller scale than in the past.
The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society which has been running an anti whaling campaign against the Japanese government, says that this is a major blow for the conservationg of the world's whales. From their website:
Not only is whaling incurably inhumane, it has proven impossible to regulate. The IWC’s previous attempts to control commercial whaling under a pro-whaling majority were so disastrous that some populations have still not recovered from the slaughter. Whales need the continued protection of the IWC. If whaling nations remain in the driving seat, the IWC will be pushed rapidly towards a resumption of commercial whaling that will spell disaster for the whales. This is a wake up call for the world to take back the IWC, and wake up to the call of the whales, before it is too late. It also needs to be a wake up call for the people of Denmark that their government is not representing their views in this forum. Denmark’s vote tipped the majority in favour of the whalers.

13 comments:

Myra Leong said...

O' dear

:o(

Rickie said...

I have to say the word MURDER is the right word to use IZ.

Whales are intelligent creatures. To kill an intelligent animal is as good as murdering a human being.

Shy said...

Is that how we protect our wildlife? Keep them under protection only to kill them many years down the road??

Mr Big said...

"Tokyo believes whale numbers have risen sufficiently to allow the hunting of certain species."

- How barbaric can one be?

dann said...

the poor whales..haiz

jacelynn wee said...

how would they know that the numbers of whales have risen?

and even if the numbers did rise, is that a justification for killing them for their meat, blubber, etc?

Anonymous said...

FREE WILLY!

Lord Kimbo said...

Disaster in the making.

terry said...

the japanese love to eat whale meat.

Seagull76 said...

The Japanese blame the whales for the lack of fishes (due to overfishing.
Blaming whales for collapsing fisheries is like blaming woodpeckers for deforestation........

Saint Buryan said...

We must all make our voices heard to prevent the return to fullscale hunting of the Whales.

I have signed a petition at Greenpeace to rally anti-whaling nations to action.

http://www.greenpeace.org.uk/

You can also join or donate to the cause from the website...

Sir Thomas said...

Eating whale meat is in their culture.
That's what they claimed.

Chuang Shyue Chou said...

The Japs claim to be killing for scientific purposes. A thousand whales? Two thousand? Ack.

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