Monday, November 26, 2007

Japan is Trying to Defend the Slaughter of Whales

The Japanese fleet has already begun the slaughtering of whales, under the pretense of "scientific exploration. Here's what the Japanese science looks like these days:

Four vessels, including the factory whaler Nisshin Maru, left the port of Shimonoseki on Sunday for the South Pacific. Their declared aim is to kill 935 minke whales as well as 50 fin whales under a loophole in the 1986 global ban on commercial whaling that allows countries a hunt of an undefined size, provided the dead whales are used for scientific purposes.

The Japanese fleet will also kill as many as 50 humpback whales this year.

The United States, the European Union and the governments of Australia and New Zealand criticized Japan for proceeding with the hunt.

The Japanese are unmoved by the opprobrium of Western governments. They counter that they have support from several developing countries now finding a voice to rebel against what they see as interference by Western activists eager to protect creatures such as elephants and seals, which are no longer universally endangered.

So the hunt continues, and nothing serious is done to stop it. The Japanese are doing as they damn well please. I really hope that Greepeace and other activists will show their worth, and soon.