Lethal grenade-tipped harpoons are barbaric. They cause whales extreme pain and prolonged suffering for up to 45 minutes before these exquisite creatures finally expire. Photo credit: animalplanet.com
Japan’s unilateral decision also flies in the face of The International Court of Justiceat The Hague and the Australian Federal Court, banning them from killing whales in the sanctuary.
Japan is hiding behind a thin veil of lethal scientific whale research while overtly selling commercial whale meat domestically.
All other marine scientists globally practice non-lethal scientific whale research. In fact, all scientists except the Japanese ocean-killers follow the paradigm, “Do as little harm as possible with your studies of nature.” Photo credit: abc.net.au
Jeff Hansen, Director of Sea Shepherd Australia told me:
“The worlds scientist know that all scientific data on whales can now be obtained through non lethal means. No matter how ‘scientific focused’ Japans new so called ‘research’ program becomes, its still involves the barbaric, murdering and butchering of sentient beings. If the Governments of the world sit by and allow Japan to break Australian Federal and now International Law, then Sea Shepherd will fill that void in defense of the whales, restoring the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.”
There is no demand in Japan for whale meat as a human food yet the government continues to stockpile over 6,000 tons of whale meat.
Two murdered Minke whales are hauled up the ramp of the Japanese floating slaughterhouse the Nisshin Maru. Photo credit: theguardian.com
Instead of a truce, Japan intends on mercilessly annihilating more sentient, highly complex social whales to feed a burgeoning domestic dog food market.
It’s bloody wrong, it’s ecocide and it’s illegal.
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