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The rapacious whaling pac-men from the land of the rising sun are upset because they didn’t get their way at the international whaling commission.
They failed by two votes to introduce secret ballots (to make it easier for wavering delegates to vote for whaling without the public shame), branded the IWC a “waste of time”, and threatened to leave.
Joji Morishita spat the dummy. Bribing all those small third world countries for their votes is such hard work, and costs him and his grisly butcher “scientific whalers” a lot of money.
Those who have evolved beyond making sushi out of the largest mammal that ever lived need to be vigilant and turn up the heat. Winning a few votes at the IWC is not enough.
Well done, Senator Ian Campbell.
The Australian Environment Minister worked tirelessly to convince some wavering delegates to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to oppose Japan’s lust for whale meat.
The cetacean slaughterers have dug in for a long fight, and have indicated they will ignore the IWC and continue their hunting anyway.
The IWC motion is a start, but ultimately, someone is going to have to start playing hardball with the whalers.
Last year the Navy hunted half way round the world to catch poachers of the Patagonian Toothfish. In the same way, I hope they go hunting for whalers soon.
Greens Senator Bob Brown is right to call on Australian to close its ports to Japanese whaling vessels if they start hunting Humpbacks or increase their take of Minke Whales.
“Scientific Whaling” is bullshit. What’s scientific about going out on a whaling ship, harpooning heaps of whales, slicing them up, and selling them. The sooner someone stands up to the Japanese and tells them to cut the crap, the better.
To make it worse, they’re now bribing smaller nations in the whaling council to get them to either reintroduce commercial whaling, or increase the quota allowed under the terms of “Scientific Whaling”.
If we let these butchers into our ports, and make it easier for them to do their grisly job, then we are complicit in their deeds.
I’d probably go one step further and suggest the Australian Navy use the whaling ships for target practice.