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In a recent post on the television show Whale Wars I mentioned Japan kills whales for “research”. In reality they are eating the whale meat in some of the most elegant and expensive restaurants in Japan and not for research as they claim.
Upon further research I also learned Greenland, Iceland and Norway also ignore the international ban on whaling. Greenland will kill 27 humpback whales over the next three years, Iceland will kill 125 endangered fin whales and Norway’s quota 2010 is estimated at 1200 plus.
I have also read claims that the Obama Administration supports overturning the global whaling ban. James Bond actor, Pierce Brosnan is one of the activists against lifting the ban. Visit Save The Whales Now to find out more. Also you can write the White House and let President Obama know your feelings about lifting the ban.
In addition it was reported in the Japan Times on September 4th, that whale meat is once again being eaten by school children because it’s been added gradually to the lunch menu. For the kids sake I hope they aren’t feeding it to the school kids after the scientists are done with their “research.”
One of the signs reads, Give Sea Shepherd terrorist capital punishment.
Captain Pete Bethune of the Ady Gil went on trial in Japan and was given a two year suspended sentence. Upon returning to New Zealand after being deported, Bethune said, “My trial in Japan represents a miscarriage in justice. Not because I stood before that court, but because the captain of the Shōnan Maru 2 did not.”
Again, I’m not an animal lover but I know how when man gets involved in things like nature, we have a terrific track record of royally messing things up.
- Japanese Schools Serve Kids Mercury-Filled Whale Meat (food.change.org)
- 18% of Japanese School Serve Students Whale Meat (socyberty.com)
- Japan deports convicted NZ anti-whaling activist (ctv.ca)
The World Is A Vampire!
That’s the theme song for a show I started watching On Demand. I think it is by the Smashing Pumpkins. Whale Wars is about the confrontation between the Japanese Whaling Fleet and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Sociaety. The Japanese are killing whales despite an international ban on killing whales. The show follows the Steve Irwin and Bob Barker ships as they attempt to deter and or stop the Japanese ships from killing whales.
April is the animal lover in this family, not I. I do however feel that with the ban in place there is no reason for the killing of the whales. Whales have been hunted almost to the point of extinction and that’s why we have the ban now.
I am not talking about Japanese people when I speak about the Japanese in this post. I am talking specifically about the Japanese government that is allowing the slaughter of these great mammals. The self imposed quota for killing whales is 935 Minke whales, 50 Fin whales and 50 Blue whales. The Japanese government claims that they are only hunting whales for scientific research.
Well if that is true how can they explain the whale meat in the photo? It’s shashimi of whale (thinly cut whale meat) plated at a Japanese restaurant. Then entire rest of the world is in agreement over this issue, however whaling brings in large amounts of money to the local Japanese economy.
It seems everything revolves around the almighty dollar or in this case, the almighty yen.
The Sea Shepherds had just one ship, the Steve Irwin, going up against the Japanese fleet of more than six ships but this latest season saw the addition of the Ady Gil (formerly known as Earthrace) and the Bob Barker.
Part two of the season finale airs this coming Friday, September 3, 2010 and I am anxious to see how things end. The captain of the Ady Gil snuck onto the Shonan Maru to arrest the captain for destroying his ship. Earlier in the season the Shonan Maru hit the Ady Gil and cut the ship in half. It sunk into the pristine waters of the Antarctic Ocean.
Essentially climbing onto someone elses maritime vessel is piracy so the captain could spend some time in a Japanese prison. I realize this is a recorded show and I could just google his fate, but what would I watch on Saturday morning with my sweetheart if I cheated like that? Oh, Eureka comes on the same time as Whale Wars and science fiction wins over reality every time! In a nutshell, I think killing whales is wrong. In this day and age people should know better. I encourage you to check out the show if you don’t already watch.
I found a blogger who is kind enough to guest blog for the month of September. I was attracted to her site because of the poetry. Her name is Cherlyn Cochrane and her site, Over A Cup Of Coffee. This is my first guest blogger since Kari Cheng in June. Please mark your calendar, September 4, 2010 and stop back to read her post. Also feel free to visit her site before her post.