Is It Right To Kill The Japanese For “Scientific Research”?

There is nothing amusing about the killing of whales, although the BBC sending a reporter with the name Jonah Fisher to the Antarctic on the Greenpeace ship, “Esperanza”, has to raise a smile or two.

The Japanese are at it again. In contravention of a whaling moratorium, and with the apparent intention of killing fifty Humpback whales in addition to the one thousand it will slaughter of other species, to satisfy it’s “scientific research” and the palettes of rich Japanese who don’t give a damn about the consequences of what turns them on culinary-wise, the Japanese whaling fleet has once more set sail for the Antarctic and its annual slaughter of the most intelligent mammal on the planet.

Today, the Japanese government announced it had retracted its permission for the slaying of fifty Humpbacks. The world rejoiced. Japan had bowed to international pressure.

Call me an old cynic, but it’s my opinion the Japanese never intended to slaughter Humpbacks at all. The story was just put out to create a stir, allowing the Japanese to magnanimously withdraw and appear the good guys, while the slaughter of one thousand Minke and Fin whales continues with less international hoo-ha as a result.

There is no reason to kill whales other than to satiate the palettes of the Japanese. The moratorium of 1986 bans the killing of all whales, but allows licenses for “scientific culls”. It is this loophole that Japan utilizes for its yearly slaughter.

Thankfully, there are organizations like Greenpeace, and Sea Shepherd, a marine conservation group who have already made it to Antarctica on a ship named after the conservationist, Steve Irwin, to monitor and harry the Japanese fleet.

Japanese government officials accuse Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd of “….dangerous and irresponsible actions…..” but their own excuses for this unnecessary carnage are both illogical and dishonest.

Japan’s deputy whaling commissioner Joji Morishita, told the BBC:

“It is just like any fisheries – tuna, salmon, for example – the proper way to conduct the fisheries is to do the science to work out how best to manage the resources.”

Someone should point out to Mister Joji Morishita that the whale is not a fish, and consequently cannot be considered in similar context to other fisheries.

It would appear that when it comes down to basic intelligence, Mister Joji Morishita has more in common with salmon and tuna, than with the whales.

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3 Replies to “Is It Right To Kill The Japanese For “Scientific Research”?”

  1. Terry Pratchett/Neil Gaiman put it in “Good Omens”:
    “The Kappamaki, a whaling research ship, was currently researching the question: How many whales can you catch in one week?”

  2. Vigilante – I find no flaw with a bit of ‘peaceful’ terrorism. Go Greenpeace, indeed!

    Jo – I haven’t read the particular book, but I believe that’s about the sum of Japanese whaling research.

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