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I want to eat whales! Why study them? They are boring!

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Even the ICR spokesman admits it is NOT about science, it is simply about eating whales;

“If you want to hunt whales ... to eat them, then you are going to need data that can only be obtained through lethal research,” he told The Associated Press."

So therefore admitting Japanese hunts in the Antactic Whale Sanctuary ARE ILLEGAL, because it is simply commercial whaling in disguise.

It is so sad a country like Japan shames itself in front of the whole world with these blatent lies. Just as it uses the "tradition" argument, the rest of the world also used to hunt whales, but has realised they are worth more alive than dead, so has changed their ways to live without the need to slaughter whales. Yet Japan, a country that claims to respect the oceans, & to be a world leader still chooses to live in the 19th century. When you look at the traditional arguments they too are a farce, it was not until the begining of the 1900's that the average Japanese even had access to whale meat, prior to this only a very small number of whales were caught by Japan, & the meat only available in small coastal fishing areas. Europeans used whale for food, & for their oil, etc, etc, far more than Japan ever did, yet these countries do not claim "tradition" to continue to slaughter endangered animals...

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Research Group (to Japan): Why not join us? We could use your help in our actual research.

Japan: Ettttoooo.... can we eat them?

RG: No. It's non-lethal. What equipment could you bring along to help us out? This is a step in a positive direction; helping with research while there is no need to kill the creatures.

Japan: Well, we have this little doo-dad here, oh... and this. We... uhh... yeah we've been using it for science all the while. heh!

RG: This is a sextant and a blunderbuss. What kind of research have you guys been doing??

Japan: Uhhh... soy sauce or pons, mostly.

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“If you want to hunt whales ... to eat them, then you are going to need data that can only be obtained through lethal research,” he told The Associated Press.

Non-lethal whale research can’t provide age-related data or accurate data on individual whale birthing rates, he said.

Why the need to know exact ages or how many babies an individual (dead) whale has had? It's not as if the age or fecundity is marked on the supermarket label.

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Seagulls off Argentina are learning how to peck chunks of flesh off the backs of living whales. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8116551.stm

Now these biopsy darts? Argentinian idea? Ouch! Let's hope they are anaesthetic darts.

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I want to eat whales! Why study them? They are boring!

Hellhound, as always, cuts through the wordy back and forth to bring meaningful, clear perspective to a delicate issue. The gravitas he brings to the issue is a lesson to us all.

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All the best to these REAL scientists. I hope they get papers in top journals, with great findings. Unlike the Japanese "researchers" publishing in "Proceedings of the whale meat fan club" journal they print by themselves.

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Is this even possible? According to Japan they MUST be killed to do research. Then they must store the meat and force their young people to eat the meat.....for research?

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Is this even possible? According to Japan they MUST be killed to do research

According to Japan, you have B blood type. Japan knows from the things that you say.

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hahhaaa, the Japanese scientists present their research findings at the resturants

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hahhaaa, the Japanese scientists present their research findings at the restaurants

This is funny!

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Can we eat them? Oh yes! We can!

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I think this reasearch is a jolly good show. If it can stop the beastly whalers and their gahstly mass murders then i am all for it.

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Why the need to know exact ages or how many babies an individual (dead) >whale has had? It's not as if the age or fecundity is marked on the >supermarket label.

This is a no-brainer for those who understand that the Japanese research is for the purpose of measuring and managing sustainable whaling.

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neverknow2:

According to Japan, you have B blood type. Japan knows from the things that you say.

Poppycock! Japan can't get that level of knowledge without research, and "research" would clearly involve killing him.

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think this reasearch is a jolly good show. If it can stop the beastly >whalers and their gahstly mass murders then i am all for it.

biggins, the victim has to be a human being to be considered murder anywhere on this planet.

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OssanAmerica; But i find whales so cleaver and lovely, killing them is murder in my eyes. The fact that the information can be found without teh ghsatly killing and suffering should be applauded.

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OssanAmerica; But i find whales so cleaver and lovely, killing them is >murder in my eyes.

How about the cows, pigs, lamb & chicken you eat? Are they murdered too?

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OssanAmerica; The animals you mentioned are slaughtered under strict rules to prevet suffering. This is teh reason for this study , to prevent up to 30 mins of suffering amounting to torture by the Japanese butchers.

The suffering brings tears to my eyes, it is beastly.

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Slaughtered under strict rules...have you ever seen how a slaughterhouse operates? Biggins google up slaughterhouses on youtube. If you think for a moment that animals don't suffer in slaughterhouses, in my opinion often far moreso than animals hunted in the wild, see for yourself. It is ghastly, beastly and will bring tears to your eyes.

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Six well aimed torpedo's would put an end to this "research" issue for good.

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