The Japanese are to resume their whale-hunting activities in the Antarctic despite the laws against it.
It has been more than 365 days since Japan hunted for any whales. The Japanese love whale meat and it forms a major part of their traditional diet. But this year, it was announced that whaling on a limited level will resume.
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The International Court of Justice had just passed a statute regarding the act of whaling. Whales are headed for oblivion on the road which lies ahead. Thus hunting them is tantamount to a sort of environmental rape.
But Japan and the Japanese are adamant that they will continue in their age-old ways. Albeit they will carry out hunting on a small-scale, it will still have a major impact on the whale population of earth.
Most environmental groups denounced the decision in harsh words. The UK and Australian governments also spoke out against the persistence of such anti-conservation activities in Japan.
There is a global ban on whaling. This stricture not only counts for Japan but also for the rest of the countries of the world. Japan’s stubborness has proven to be quite disappointing in a world that is becoming a smaller and smaller place as each day passes us by.
Japanese whaling boats are all set to sail for the southern seas within a week or two. They will venture in search of blubber and balleen and other resources of use and nutrition gotten from whales.
Tokyo is stuck in its ways and will not change its stance no matter how much pressure is brought to bear upon it. Japan has reduced its whaling to the extent that this year approximately 333 whales will get killed.
But even this is a sizeable number. Although the explanation given for the whaling is that it is for scientific purposes, most of the whale meat ends up on someone’s plate in a restaurant. This is sad indeed.
Last year the Aussies won a case against Japan in the court of law. The court ruling was that the so-called scientific whaling program instituted by Japan was hardly what it appeared to be.
Tokyo was ordered to call back its whaling boats. Whales didn’t need to be brutally killed in order to study them, said the judge in unequivocal words. But the message ultimately fell on deaf ears. Japan has been whaling since the mid 80s. That was after a moratorium on the issue.
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The Japanese have pointed a finger at the international community for being too emotional when it came to whales. Human rights matter more than animal rights and these so-called environmental agencies were themselves guilty of an unbalanced approach to the world.