Japanese Whaling Ban

UPDATE: November 30, 2015 Japan breaks its promises and commitments by resuming whaling in the Antarctic

The sun has finally set on Japanese whaling in the Antarctic. This ruling will not stop Japan from hunting whales in the northern Pacific, but it is a significant victory for the anti-whaling cause.

“A UN court ruling that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic has been welcomed in Australia and New Zealand.

The International Court of Justice ruled that the programme was not for scientific research as Japan claimed.

Supporters of the ban say they are “delighted”. Japan said it would comply with the judgement, but was “deeply disappointed”.

Australia brought the case to the court in 2010. Wellington supported its case.

Announcing the judgement on Monday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said that Japan had killed around 3,600 minke whales since 2005 under its Antarctic whaling programme, known as JARPA II.

While JARPA II could broadly be characterised as “scientific research”, the scientific output from the programme was limited, and Japan had not sufficiently justified the whaling quotas it had set, the ICJ said.”

Japan whaling ban welcomed in Australia and New Zealand
http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-26830505

Humans have been eating kangaroos for over 40,000 years, and kangaroos are prone to over-population. Many species of whales, however, are endangered, and Japanese whaling ‘culture’ was limited to their own coastline from its beginning in the 12th century. The hunting of other species of whales in the Antarctic Ocean only began in the 20th century. Japan’s current lethal ‘research’ is absurd and their exploitation of legal loopholes is contemptible. Commercial whaling is not economically viable, and is nothing more than misplaced nationalism.

“He [Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada] just clearly enunciated the fundamental, unaltered Japanese position: whale meat is part of Japan’s cultural heritage; international law allows Japan to whale in open waters; Japan isn’t hunting threatened species; and if Australians have a cultural objection to hunting whales, most Japanese find their eating kangaroos disgusting — without encouraging vigilantes to disrupt the Skippy-killing.”

‘Leaders place plain speaking on the agenda’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/leaders-place-plain-speaking-on-the-agenda/story-e6frg6zo-1225817884385

11 January, 2010
http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=70249

Japanese Whaling ‘Culture’
https://simonjmeath.wordpress.com/2011/04/30/japanese-whaling-culture/

400,000 Dolphins & Counting

1.) Dolphins are not farm animals — they are wild animals. 2.) Dolphin meat has 200 ppm mercury, some dolphin meat has 2,000 ppm! (That would mean acute toxic poisoning). The Maximum (government) advisory level is 0.4. The message: Dolphins are not food! 3.) Studies of dolphin intelligence indicate it is secondary only to our own. In fact, their neocortex is “more highly convoluted than our own”. 4.) Some of the populations hunted are rare or endangered. 5.) Do we need to prove that dolphins are intelligent to be against such shocking animal cruelty?

“Unlike previous years, Taiji has been setting some of the captured dolphins free, probably because of the growing pressure, West said.

The village also has not killed any bottlenose dolphins, the same species as Flipper in the 1960s US TV show. Instead, the victims have been risso dolphins and pilot whales, which are also dolphins but don’t have the distinctive pointed noses of bottlenoses, West said. No bottlenose dolphins were caught on Monday, he said.”

“The town has also been trying to draw tourists to see its aquariums, where visitors can play with captive dolphins.

The Japanese government allows about 20,000 dolphins to be caught each year, and defends the hunts as traditional and argues that killing dolphins and whales is no different from raising cows or pigs for slaughter. Most Japanese have never eaten dolphin meat and would find the idea unappetising.”

‘Japanese village kills dolphins’
http://www.news.com.au/breaking-news/japanese-village-kills-dolphins/story-e6frfku0-1225937858596

“More than 400,000 dolphins, porpoises and small whales have been killed in Japanese waters over the last 20 years.

The Government of Japan still allows more than 22,000 small cetaceans to be killed each year in unsupervised hunts around the coast of Japan. Some of the populations hunted are rare or endangered, others are threatened or in decline from overhunting.”

‘More than 400,000 dolphins, killed in Japanese waters’
http://www.nowpublic.com/environment/more-400-000-dolphins-killed-japanese-waters

“Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.”

‘The Cove’
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/

‘Save Japan Dolphins’
http://www.savejapandolphins.org/

‘The Cove PSA – My Friend Is…’
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k62kc07m1Dc&feature=player_embedded#at=107

‘Japan Scientist Warns of Mercury in Dolphin Meat’
http://www.bluevoice.org/webfilms_mercurydolphins.php

‘Dolphin Intelligence Explained’
http://news.discovery.com/animals/dolphin-intelligence-explained.html

12 October, 2010

http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=72393

34,600 Whales & Counting

Look at the steady increase in whales killed each year since the 1986 ban on commercial whaling. If there had been an immediate jump during the 1990s, to today’s levels, there would have been an international outcry. Japan must have realised that they could increase the killing slightly over time and get away with it. So, even if the status quo remains on the ban, the numbers killed will probably keep increasing.

Globally 34,600 since 1986! The Japanese have made a mockery of the word “ban” and the word “research”.

“Their recordings of meetings with pro-whaling officials around the world reveal the secrets of a Japanese vote-buying operation that Tokyo always denies.

It comes as Japan is attempting to break the 24-year moratorium on commercial whaling with a proposal to introduce quotas at the IWC meeting in Morocco, starting next Monday.

Japan, Norway and Iceland have killed 35,000 whales since the moratorium was introduced. In Japan’s case, the killings have been justified as “scientific research” although about 5000 tonnes a year of the whale meat is eaten in dishes such as sashimi.”

‘Slay the whales, and pass the loot’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/features/slay-the-whales-and-pass-the-loot/story-e6frg6z6-1225879186724

‘Total number of whales killed since 1986 ban’
http://resources0.news.com.au/images/2010/06/14/1225879/324636-endangered-whales.jpg

19 June, 2010

http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=71607

Rudd Cares About Whales….During Election Years

If there were a genuine chance of success, they would have done this earlier. The Rudd government has had exactly the same legal advice for the past 2½ years! So, it is difficult to believe that this is anything other than a cynical election year ploy. I want to see an end to Japanese whaling, but I am not sure that this is worth the risks involved, and I seriously doubt Rudd’s commitment. I suspect they slapped this together to serve their short-term political interests, and do not really care whether it succeeds.

“The Rudd government’s decision to take legal action against Japanese whaling is a risky strategy because success is far from assured and failure will bring down other efforts to stem the slaughter.

These risks explain why the New Zealand government has pursued a diplomatic solution, despite the bleak prospects of success on that front. Wellington has said its legal advice indicates “success is far from certain”.

The consequences of losing at the International Court of Justice would be horrendous. It would give a green light to Japanese whaling fleets.”

Rudd risks the anti-whaling cause
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/rudd-risks-the-anti-whaling-cause/story-e6frg6zo-1225872711955

28 May, 2010

http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=71444

Japanese Whaling ‘Culture’

Humans have been eating kangaroos for over 40,000 years, and kangaroos are prone to over-population. Many species of whales, however, are endangered, and Japanese whaling ‘culture’ was limited to their own coastline from its beginning in the 12th century. The hunting of other species of whales in the Antarctic Ocean only began in the 20th century. Japan’s current lethal ‘research’ is absurd and their exploitation of legal loopholes is contemptible. Commercial whaling is not economically viable, and is nothing more than misplaced nationalism.

“He [Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada] just clearly enunciated the fundamental, unaltered Japanese position: whale meat is part of Japan’s cultural heritage; international law allows Japan to whale in open waters; Japan isn’t hunting threatened species; and if Australians have a cultural objection to hunting whales, most Japanese find their eating kangaroos disgusting — without encouraging vigilantes to disrupt the Skippy-killing.”

‘Leaders place plain speaking on the agenda’
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/opinion/leaders-place-plain-speaking-on-the-agenda/story-e6frg6zo-1225817884385

11 January, 2010

http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=70249

Save Japan Dolphins

The Japanese slaughter of dolphins is a national disgrace, and is powerfully evoked here by these activist-filmmakers. ‘The Cove’ (2009) is an unforgettable experience that will certainly inspire people to take real action.

“Using state-of-the-art equipment, a group of activists, led by renowned dolphin trainer Ric O’Barry, infiltrate a cove near Taijii, Japan to expose both a shocking instance of animal abuse and a serious threat to human health.”

‘The Cove’
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1313104/

19 September, 2009

http://apps.facebook.com/journaling/view.php?item=68025