It seems that Japan and the rest of the world have a different stance on whale hunting. And it is here that they must reach some sort of a compromise.
One of the top authorities in Japan has replied to the accusation made against his nation of illegal whale hunting. The whaling commissioner has spoken of how the world must agree to disagree if there is to be any peaceable resolution to the unending conflict.
The ICJ had passed an order that Japan must desist from whaling in the southern Antarctic regions. Another committee had also given its verdict by saying that the whales often ended up on the dinner table and Japan’s ruse of scientific experimentation was just that: a ruse.
Tokyo had thus taken some time off from its whaling activities. For a period lasting 365 days, it had brought about a moratorium on whaling. But it proved to be a brief interregnum of sorts only.
Now Japan is rebooting its whaling efforts for this year and the next one as well. The minke whales will be decimated to the amount of a whopping 333 individual marine mammals.
The whaling commissioner made heaven and earth meet in an effort to convince the International Court of Justice that the intentions of the Japanese were wholeheartedly for the good and scientific in nature.
Since eating whale meat is a part of Japanese cuisine, the local population as well as the government believes that hunting whales is a benign pursuit. But the fact of the matter is that whales are an endangered species.
Japan began what it called scientific whaling in the mid 80s. The very name “scientific” belies the real reason behind the respectable high-sounding facade which is to provide enough whale meat at fine dining establishments.
The whaling commissioner said that he and his nation had done their best to satisfy the international community. Accordimg to Reuters, he said that now the Japanese were adamant that they would hunt for whales and stay within the limits of marine conservation standards.
He expressed 100% confidence in his people’s ability to restrain their impulses when it came to the safety of the whales. And he reiterated that the hunting was only for scientific purposes.
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On a parting note, he stated that they had to agree to disagree. It was not like Japan was putting an end to the whale population by brutally killing them all. The goal was sustainable hunting and not poaching.