Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Scientific Whale Slaughter - Yeah, Right

It's interesting that the Japanese do not eat a lot of whale meat, which is further indication of how unnecessary their whale hunts are. It's also interesting that they claim to not care what the rest of the world thinks about their whale hunting, and yet they are seemingly scrambling about, finding ways to use the whales to their maximum benefit (aka greed) while still calling it "scientific research."
A Japanese company says it will start offering whale curry in its takeaway business lunches, as the country pursues its controversial whale hunt in the Antarctic.
Read more here -> Beautiful whales to end up as $6 curry
"I'm getting so tired of the biased articles I read in Western newspapers each year at this time," says Dr Pastene, who supervises nine scientists studying whale samples at Tokyo's Institute of Cetacean Research.

It is the work his team does here that drives Japan's "scientific whaling" program, and in turn provokes international outrage. Invariably, he says, the substance of his research is lost amid invective from activists. "It's time someone told the truth," he insists.
This and other research, Japan's Fisheries Agency insists, is all carried out with the innocent aim of monitoring changes to environmental conditions and whale populations in the Antarctic. That could require "employing control of whale populations if needs be", the Government says more ominously in its whaling plan.
Read more here: Japan stands by its renewed 'scientific' whale slaughter

I'm sorry, maybe it's just me, but if so-called scientists like this are aiming to control our marine population in the "greater interest of the planet," I'd suggest we start with the human population. Is there a reason why we can't co-exist with our wildlife? Why is there such a need to drive or to do away with our animal kingdom? They are as much a part of our planet's ecosystem as we are, if not more so.

People move to the mountains and complain about the bears or raccoons invading their properties, their trash, etc. Hello? If you're going to live in the mountains, then you know better to expect that you're gonna see bears and whatnot. What right do we have to just push them out? The animals were there first.

People move to the beach and live within some master-planned community where the developers surround the property with a glass enclosure. So what happens? Birds fly into the glass and get killed. But that's okay because, ya know, the residents there want their views of the environment but they sure as hell don't want the wildlife. (A story on this is here: Glass Wall of Death Surrounds California Suburb)

You can't have your cake and eat it too. All wildlife on this planet are a crucial part of our ecosystem. We are not the end all, be all of this world and we need to stop acting like we are the only inhabitants of this tiny space in the universe we call Earth.



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