Monday, November 19, 2007

Japan Whaling Once Again

Unfortunately, The annual Japanese whale hunt is setting sail again. What an terrible waste. Under the excuse of scientific research the fleet is looking to take 50 humpbacks, over a thousand minke and others. None of the whale populations are secure though they have recovered since the 1963 ban. these are intelligent and beautiful creatures and to have them ruthlessly hunted just really pains me.

It might be somewhat different if the Japanese themselves actually ate the whale meat or depended on it for protein. The reality is that it's becoming less and less popular and last year most of the whale meat ended up in school lunches because it failed sell in the markets. This is all about the ego of a few political extremists and not the will of the Japanese people who would be very happy not to have whale meat.

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