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Thursday, January 19, 2006

Sadly, Whaling Season Begins

I've been reading a lot lately about whaling and Japan's supposed "research" whaling.

Japan will continue its whale-hunting program despite mounting international protest, a fisheries official says.

The Fisheries Agency has received a note protesting at Japan's whaling activities, signed by 17 countries including Australia, said agency spokesman Hideki Moronoki.

But this would not change Japan's stance on the issue - that it is entitled to catch whales under international whaling regulations - according to Moronoki.

"We plan to continue with the research hunting," he said.

What a joke. Research hunting? The meat ends up in restaraunts, there is no "research" about it.

I've never been one to say much about what people want to eat, but I have a hard time with the hunting of these majestic creatures. Whales are a slow breeding animal with many if not most varieties endangered. I personally find whaling to be barbaric.

Now, having said that, I have absolutely no sympathy for one of the groups opposing the whaling, Sea Shepherd. Their propensity towards violence is appalling.

To find out more about this situation, read here, here, here, here, here, and here.

This whole situation again points to the arrogance of Japan. Basically a screw you attitude. Again, and they wonder why they have problems when it comes to international relations. *sigh*