SHAME ON JAPAN !
SHAME ON JAPAN !
2006-11-16 at 12:13:00 pm #17136
Japanese begin annual whale hunt
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.
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
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.