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SHAME ON JAPAN !

 user 2006-11-16 at 12:13:00 pm Views: 77
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    Japanese begin annual whale hunt
    Six
    Japanese whaling ships have set sail for their annual hunt in the south
    Atlantic.Japan’s fisheries agency says the fleet has a target of 850
    minke whales and 10 fin whales
    .
    Environmentalists
    have condemned the hunt in the southern ocean whale sanctuary, which
    will last for several months.Japan hunts whales every year, and is
    strongly opposed to a ban on commercial whaling imposed two decades
    ago.It says it hunts whales so that its scientists can measure the size
    of the populations and their feeding and breeding habits.The meat from
    the catch is sold and the proceeds used to pay for the research
    programme.

    Controversial issue
    But environmentalists reject
    the idea that this is a scientific study. They say politicians and
    bureaucrats allow the hunt because of intense lobbying by a small but
    vocal minority.They quote opinion polls suggesting that the majority of
    Japanese people rarely or never eat whale meat and do not support
    whaling in the southern ocean.The reality is that many Japanese you
    talk to do not understand what all the fuss is about.Japan says the
    fleet will try to catch several hundred minke whales, which are quite
    small. The stocks, it says, are relatively plentiful.It will also try
    to kill 10 fin whales, which are larger and rarer.The catches are
    authorised by the International Whaling Commission.Japan has reason to
    be bolder this year. At last year’s IWC meeting, it persuaded a
    majority of other nations to make a symbolic show of support for an
    eventual lifting of the ban on commercial whaling.And last month
    another of its allies, Iceland, decided to resume commercial whaling
    for the first time in seven years.