These hunts are a source of conflict between pro- and anti-whaling countries and organizations. Nations, scientists and environmental organizations opposed to whaling consider the Japanese research program to be unnecessary at best and a thinly disguised commercial whaling operation at worst.
The great thing about this day and age is that we are able to do research without slaughtering an animal and leaving it's flesh to rot in a freezer because no one wants to buy it. This year when revealing the fisheries plan to auction the left over meat on-line they admitted that the venture was commercial as a way to justify taking so much of the Tsunami Relief Fund.
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The only that would change in Japan left the IWC would be that it would save a lot of money in bribes. Japan goes against the recommendations and scientific research done by the international community and chooses to commercially whale under the guise of science? They set their own limits and chose the species, they will hunt once again in a designated sanctuary disregarding the rest of the world or even state of a species: such as the endangered Fin Whale of which the Japanese Gov hopes to kill 50 this year??? http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fin_whale There are strong calls to not only increase the boycott against Japan but to extend it to the Olympic bid, already individuals are writing the IOC (1 endangered whale is killed the game will end fast including the Olympic bid).
I Feel this is the perfect opportunity for Japan to back out of whaling gracefully while increasing their chances to get the Games by creating some, lacking, sense of global community. There is a deal to be made with conversationalist groups also that could easily create an industry of cetacean watching and research and transform Taiji into a thriving community once again.
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Watson the "militant" fugitive, Can't believe Japan Today missed an opportunity to call him a terrorist! ( But then our Canadian media is bound and tied in the governments back pocket too) The funniest part was "Japanese harpoon fleet." That's such a nice way to describe whale killers!
This could truly be the end of commercial Japanese whaling at least in terms on The Southern Ocean Sanctuary. With SSCS having an increased fleet and capacity and Japan having less, a critical financial blow could definitely be dealt this year.
I see some good people in Japan have started to make headway in terms of awareness and can't see the public accepting the cost of a new fleet to do something that the rest of world detests so much. Failing that ... we'll have a good old fashioned boycott next year.
Fin Whales are an endangered species and I cannot say what might happen if even 1 is killed tho.
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Fitting that a former whaling vessel be used to drive the final nail into the coffin of Japanese commercial whaling. Good riddance.
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Good on S. Korea,
The Japanese public who were polled said overwhelmingly not to replace or upgrade the Yushin Maru, there seems to be a good chance that this the last year for Japanese whaling, at least as it now exists. Good riddance, now we can get on with other environmental concerns.
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@Konsta Through oppression. There is massive info out there , not anti-sematic but anti-inhumanity ... anti-oppression and certainly anti bombing civiliain with white phosphorus weapons. Here is the address to the UN from Roger Waters who speaks on behalf of a large well respected and certainly anything but racist org. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9DrSPFYXUfQ&feature=g-like
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There is something wrong with Israel, religious fanaticism ... I guess. Since the truce started they have broken it 17 times, withheld 100 mil dollars and decided to build in an area where they committed to Obama they would never build? They seem hell bent on starting a war ?!
I have no hate for anyone including both Palestinians and Israeli's but the Israeli's are certainly the oppressor and it would seem are trying to systematically exterminate the Palestinians.
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@Vast Right-Wing Conspirator, Who do you think understand apartheid better; you ... or Nelson Mandella and those who get the true nature of the situation and are not racist or fanatical? ... genius!
"But we know too well that our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinians”. -President Nelson Mandela
@hidingout, think harder there are a few more options if you crank open the mind just a little.
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Canada (surely a leading democracy and champion of human rights)
Sadly not true of our current administration. Our gov. is in bed with oil companies and are impossible to distinguish from their US counterparts these days (Our PM known as Bush of the north). They are the least environmentally concious gov. we have nad in recent history. On Nov. 28 they voted down a chance to provide generic medicine to 3rd world countries which would have save about 2 million children. On the twitter #cdnpoli there was absolute shame and outrage that our supposed representatives voted against the Palestinians: there was not a single post defending the vote.
Though they may have already been ghosts, but the UN "no" vote was the equivilant of political suicide for the Harper government. Many of us are ashamed and angry becase we are the "champions of human rights" that our grandfathers were! But our government are not!
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If Japanese want to whale and eat whales that's fine, do it in your own waters. You just can't do it in international waters designated as a sanctuary. If you choose to ignore the will of the international community, the environmental community and the scientific community: then don't cry or complain when you are paying the consequences.
.... way to uncover the world wide plot to impose our cultural beliefs on you. Can't believe you saw through the whole anti-whaling thing, after all the time and money spent we didn't think you would find out. Well done detective!
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"75% of whale meat unsold at auction" Thursday, June 14, 2012 - http://www.japantimes.co.jp/text/nn20120614a7.html
A quick google search can lead you to countless news articles.
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Pro whalers and nationals - Calling What the Japanese government and whaling industry does in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary scientific research is naive or cowardly. If what you are doing cant pass the truth test then stop what what you are doing.
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So here we are at the annual time of year where diplomacy breaks down and the true battle begins. The Japanese whalers financed by the "tsunami relief fund" and taxes will waste billions more yen to attempt to kill whales in a designated sanctuaty: not because the meat is needed or that the majority of the tax payers (or indeed even 1/3) want it, but to prove to the world that they will not be told what to do! ( What a sad bit of insecurity group therapy would be much cheaper)
For me this is also the time where I feel like trying to resolve this through communication is poinless. Ultimately the nationals can't see this is an environmental or biological or humanitarian issue but want to make it some personal assaullt to their .... boo hoo hoo ...
If the Japanese gov. persists in 2013 there will most likely be a boycott and the Nationals and pro whalers can point their bitter little fingers at the rest of the world but it's the Japanese public , only 25% of which support whaling in the first place, that will suffer.
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I truly hope Japanese whaling ends this year, not only as someone who feels that it is absolutely wrong to commercially exploit cetaceans or imprison them but as someone who would hate to see Japan suffer further hardship and alienation.
I wonder how many of those polled knew of the huge subsidies and redirected "tsunami relief fund" yen it takes to continue whaling?
Within the anti-whaling movement there are increasingly more calls for a Japanese boycott, many realize what that would mean economically to the public so it is not entirely supported, but if groups ever united and did call for a boycott it could indeed have a great impact. Personally I didn't contribute to the relief fund to see the Japanese public suffer yet another hardship but neither do I try and bring attention to the plight of whales because I want to see more carcasses in what is suppose to be a sanctuary ...
Hopefully Sea Shepherd will deliver one final blow to the Japanese whaling industry and we can be done with this foolishness.
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It is a cowardly lie to call whjat the Japanese government does in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary scientific research. It is commercial whaling pure and simple and if Japan choses to continue whaling and wants support: giving the finger to the world and harvesting from a designated sanctuary was the wrong approach.
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@hassanhvistendahl Your argument is valid in the same way the Japanese whalers are conducting scientific research.
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Canada did the right thing to stay out of IWC because they are free to hunt any whale they want off their shores.
Wrong! Canada Canada quit commercial whaling in 1986 like ALMOST everyone else in the world: because IWC allowed the Japanese to continue to kill whales Canada quit it because it is an obvious farce though Canadian scientists, biologists and individuals are still vitally involved. Here in Canada our natives are allowed to fish under international and national regulations on the basis of their indigenous rights: Canadian Inuit take one whale every two years from the Hudson Bay and one whale every 13 years from the Baffin Bay-Davis Strait.
Don't compare attempting to kill a thousand whales a year, some of them on the endangered species list, via some cowardly loophole abuse, with our treatment of cetaceans in Canada!
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Clearly, I am
Now there's your irony!
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@NagoyaOya - In terms of selling the idea to the public I agree, but changing the minds in the whaling industry doesn't seem like a possibility. If a cetacean research center could be the primary replacement yen wise to the town of Taiji then the tourist dollars could be thought of as bonus and good will.
Proof for feasability of a "whale watching industry" vs a "whale hunting industry" is readily available as the industry has kind of passed through it's toddler stages here in North America and other places. whether that success could translate across cultural differences, I could not say.
My favorite point is that a live animal is valuable for quite a bit longer than one served up in a restaurant.
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Japan has so much money invested in the IWC in terms of votes bought from impoverished countries it wouldn't make sense for them to leave for any reason but even if they did there wouldn't be any impact in terms of the amount of whales killed as the Japanese gov. disregards the findings, regulations and recomendations of the IWC's scientists anyway. They choose their own quotas, including 50 Fin whales this year which are on the endangered species list ?!, and make their own rules: the manipulation of the scientific research loophole is a perfect example. The problem with the IWC is that they have no way to enforce the rules and regulations they make and no country has been willing to use it's marine authority do so in international waters ... leaving it up to good faith. In the end it seems unlikely that the whaling industry can last many more years. Finacially crippled and relying on tax and relief fund dollars to survive, look for SSCS to deliver the final economical blow to the Japanese whaling industry this year. Icelandic whaling has almost drawn to a close and with a thriving whale watching industry and pulic opinion shifting dramatically toward anti whaling only Norway will be left in terms of commercial whaling: as Japan is Norways maket for whale meat sales the industry will peter out with the Japanese publics decreasing palat for cateceans.
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Where are the propaganda tweets?
at Twitter #tweet4taiji
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The Japnaese gov's propaganda tweets are absolutely hilarious and a must see!
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I hope JT considers leaving this up, this is the twitter link for the the Taiji dolphin hunt and a link to watch a live strem on occations where the whalers trap pods and lead them into the cove. It is not graphic as the SSCS has limited viewing, but I know constructive dialouge would be fantastic.tweet4taiji http://taiji.ezearth.tv
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JT nice to see and read this article be so factual, lets call a loophole a loophole! It's also encouraging to see this rally appears as it will be well supported, and as someone who does what I can (which is sadly little) to bring attention to the situation in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary it's just so nice to be able to have a dialouge in a positive way. The whales and all Cetaceans best hope now is for the Japanese public's opinion to change.
Punishing a whole people for the sins of one industry.
This is the struggle many of us have who fight for the sanctuary. The whaling industry uses their propaganda to portray the anti-whaling movement as being eco-terrorists, racist, and violent when in truth the vast majority are thoughful caring people who want wants best for the planet, environment an definately all people. There is a call for a boycott within the anti-whaling movement, but there is also many people who don't want to take that route yet , especially considering recent hardships the public has endured, but I think people are getting weary of the battle and dead whales. I have never in the couple of years I have been involved in this heard of the Jap. gov. wanting to seek a comprimise so I think eventually most get to feeling that diplomacy is hopeless. SSCS is well equipped technologically and in numbers and may very well be able to shut the whalers down completely this year with the intention of delivering such a critical finatial blow that the entire industry will close shop ... I hope they are successful but again it's the publics tax or relief dollars that will go to waste. My dream for Taiji would be that they bacame the the world leader in cetacean research (non-flipping-lethal) and Asia's premier whale and dolphin watching sites: not only would the tourist industry create many more times of jobs than the few whalers that indutry employs but the sky would be the limit for tourist dollers. The cherry would be that Taiji would became an example of mans evolution socially, spiritually, intelectually, compassionately .... etc etc etc, to become such a wonderful place where our species connect to celebrate the beauty of life rather than it being dolphin hell would be amazing.
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What a rip off she's average looking and she doesn't even have a nice Brazillian bum !?! No this is not right at all, if a man is surrounded by a country of beautiful Japanese ladiaes and you are paying three quarters of a million dollars just to be the first in the pool ... you have waaaayyy too much money and a serious lack of imagination.
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Wow! Am I ever completely missing the point and best uses of facebook and twitter.
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10 more years at 30 million $ a year to prove some foolish point to anti-whalers ?! Best check in with the people who still don't have perminant housing to see if having whale meat is more important to them.
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30 million a year for another 10 years ?!? Someone tell the polititions they made their point a fortune ago, the world won't see them as being week kneed but of sound mind. Hopefully the general public and specifically the youth of Japan will make a stand and demand the end of invading the southern ocean sanctuary, (although it hasn't been much of a sanctuary yet) and one day the end of killing cetaceans altogether.
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