Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Japan lies about conducting justifiable research & kills 30 endangered minke whales

By Jeff Roberts via Collective Evolution, 21 June 2014

  • Japan is again under scrutiny for illegal whaling after killing 30 minke whales off the northern coast
  • The Institute of Cetacean Research concealed their motives behind the killing of whales, stating it was for ‘research’
  • Anti-whaling groups are angry

Asian countries are known for indulging in exotic marine delicacies such as shark, dolphin, and whale meat. Commercial whaling in Japan was common place throughout the 20th century until 1986, when the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling went into effect.

However, Japan continued to hunt whales using the ‘scientific research’ provision in the agreement, conducted by the Institute of Cetacean Research. This is allowed under IWC rules.

The Real Reason Behind The Killing

Sadly, there are ulterior motives behind the Institute of Cetacean Research. The whale meat from these scientific whale hunts is being sold in shops and restaurants, placing a serious threat to the survival of marine species. The International Court of Justice  saw through this veil and ruled that the Japanese whaling program in the Southern Ocean  was not for scientific purposes, ordering that Japanese whaling cease.

Recently, Japan is again under scrutiny from anti-whaling groups after slaughtering 30 minke whales off the northeast coast, in the first hunt since the court ordered the groups to stop killing animals in the Antarctic.

The hunt, which takes place in spring and autumn in coastal waters and in the northwestern Pacific is also classified as “research whaling,” but was not at issue in the ICJ case, which only addressed the Southern Ocean hunt.

Whalers killed 16 male and 14 female mammals, with an average length of about six metres (20 feet), Discovery News reports

Tokyo called off the 2014-15 season for its Antarctic hunt, and said it would redesign the controversial whaling mission in a bid to make it more scientific.

No End In Sight

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe sparked fury in anti-whaling nations earlier this month when he told parliament he would boost his efforts towards restarting commercial whaling.

Anti-whaling activists and nations, including Australia and New Zealand, had hoped that Tokyo would use the cover afforded by the ICJ ruling to extricate itself from a hardened position that whaling is an integral part of the culture and must be defended.

The question must be asked, is there really a justified need to hunt these sacred mammals? In our modern world of easily accessible nutrition, I believe there are other options and that whale hunting (and dolphin and shark hunting for that matter) is unnecessary and irresponsible. We shouldn’t be hunting an endangered species, period. It is especially shameful for the Japanese to be lying about their motives behind whaling.

What do you think? Should the Japanese have the right to hunt whales? Share with us below!

Posted with permission from Collective Evolution

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