Japan has sent its whaling ships to the Antarctic despite worldwide condemnation.
Japan is defying the will of the world by continuing to send its minke whaling ships on their hunting journey to the Antarctic. It seems to have started its whaling activities after a brief interregnum that barely lasted a year or so.
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The Japanese authorities contend that the purpose behind their whaling is scientific research. But this is a ruse. Since scientific research is the only reason for whaling activity which is tolerated by the world community, Japan is using it as a trump card in its gambit.
Last year, the Court of Justice declared Japan’s whaling business to be illegal. It passed orders to the effect that the whole shebang ought to be shut down. Not only is minke whaling a brutal example of hunting endangered species, it cannot be kept up in the long run either.
The Japanese still insist that the whales are one too many and that killing them is the only way that scientific research could take place in the first place. Between the years 2014 and 2015, Japan made excuses by hunting for whales in the Pacific instead of the Antarctic.
The Japanese have now come out in the open and declared that they will hunt for 333 minke whales in the Antarctic. This is preposterous. Many countries have spoken up against this and the most vocal among them is Australia.
It was Australia which brought the first objection against Japan’s minke whaling in the Antarctic. The back-to-whaling activities of the Japanese are a very bad sign.
They show that many nations around the world don’t follow the rule of international law. A member of Greenpeace spoke of how the whaling was for purely commercial purposes and had nothing to do with scientific research.
Among the whaling ships heading out from Japan may be included an 8000 ton ship termed the Nisshin Maru. Also there was a trio of small harpoon ships that followed it to sea. The mayor of the region from which the ships sailed out was simply ecstatic with delight.
He said that it was the happiest day in Japanese history. The illegal hunting of the minke whales will span a time from December till March. Whales are an endangered species. These gentle giants have had their population levels decimated over the times thanks to nations like Japan and Norway (which also engages in the activity).
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If we don’t conserve the diversity of animals on planet earth, then in the end only we humans will be left to eke out an existence on earth. We will be stranded after all the flora and fauna have died out thanks to our predatory ways.