Japanese Fleet Kills 172 Pregnant Mothers

In a recent press release posted by JiJi Press, the Japanese Whaling fleet returned back from the Southern Atlantic Ocean with a total of 267 dead whales. Of those caught and killed, 172 whales were pregnant.

When you think of it, it is at best an outrage. Japan’s press release was that it was a “successful catch,” when in truth, whale meat is being stockpiled for people who eat it only as a luxury. The fact is, less than 2% of the Japan’s population eat whale meat.

Although the Sea Shepherd and its dedicated crew held the Japanese back from the 900 whale quota, in actuality what was taken from the sea was a future for the whales. It may have seemed like a great victory to that brave crew (and it was!), but the taste of victory is soured when one realizes one hundred and seventy-two additional lives were taken.

Whale hotdogs being sold in Japan

Projecting the creation of whales over time, in the next seventy-five years more than one hundred thousand future whales have just been eliminated! Japan continues to laugh in the face of the world, quoting historical and traditional right, when honestly that robotic paradigm has changed. Ask their children who don’t eat whale meat, unless of course it is colored, flavored and made to look like a hotdog, only to find it pushed off into unwitting school lunches! I don’t consider myself an activist.

But doesn’t it seem horrid that the Japanese report that their counts of whale populations show them on the increase, while at the same time, two thirds of their catch has just eliminated future populations? It just reeks of a grisly crime especially when another country in the world, Switzerland, has banned the captivity of their smaller relatives – dolphins – based on the realization that these creatures are self aware and sentient. Do you know of any other race that kills pregnant and sentient creatures?

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  1. Bjorn Nuwanda Says:

    I read a lot about whale hunting, but have been unable to view it myself. Do you know of any charters that would take a person out whale hunting so they could witness it themselves? Preferably bow-headed or other whale bone type whales.

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  6. Sara Keltie Says:

    I totally support almost everything you have written, I myself crewed on board the Bob Barker during Operation No Compromise and use very similar arguments during ship tours for the public.
    However I dont like the last sentence: Do you know of any other race that kills pregnant and sentient creatures? As I am not sure if it is a rhetorical or genuine question.
    As we have seen from Peter Hammarstedts photos from the Faroes pregnant cetaceans are also killed during the Grind, and here in Australia mother kangaroos are killed and their joeys are subsequently bludgeoned to death as they are too young to fend for themselves.
    Sadly pregnancy or lactation to feed offspring seems to be little ethical deterant to prevent killing sentient beings in many parts of the world, and yet it is still referred as ‘sustainable’.

  7. Jon Soeder Says:

    Sarah,

    Thanks so much for your words. I understand and acknowledge that you didn’t like the words I used. But those words are a genuine communication. Humans (and I inlcude myself as one of them) have no regard for life except their own. Although that is a complete generaity and we have small pockets of individuals like yourself who care, the general population operates otherwise as history demonstrates. There are far too many agendas out there and from too many destructive groups who have a lot of financial backing. But at some point the ethical point and awareness levels of people on this planet do need to change. My point is that the awareness needs to change that we are not the only sentient creatures on this planet. We have just lost our communication link to them, much in part to our own egos and climb for power.

    The goal of this blog is to move whales/cetaceans from fish or food to FRIENDS, and that is what I seek to achieve. So my viewpoint is quite honest. A completely different approach and in another area is the killing of elephants for their ivory. For me it is like killing grandma for her teeth so that we can turn them into piano keys or carved trinkets and place in our entry cabinet. Kinda gross and we don’t want to do that to our own kind (although the Japanese were caught keeping their dead parents inthe back room for years while they continued to collect pension checks!). So the more I can write to connect people with feelings about their own ideas of right and wrong, I will continue to do so.

    Thank you so much for being part of a group that does care and does DO something about it.

    And yes, “sustainable” is just a word used to justify killing of any creature. No one knows the real truth and use whatever “scientific” means to support those ideas. In my blog, my point was that if indeed the “sustainable” concept was actually in practice, the killing of so many pregnant females over the span of their lives if lived and the offspring produced – just killed the future of 100,000+ whales. Do the math and you will see it is quite true. Yet man has his “I want it now” viewpoint and society promotes the MacDonald’s and Burtger King philosophy of “Have it your way”, gussied up by the advertsising agencies of Madison Avenue, and you have quite a mess and a disassociation from life and from Nature as to what is real and what has been altered to fit a need surrounding an illusion.

    Thank you so much again for your comments. They are very much appreciated.

    Best,

    Jon

  8. Barbara Cascasan Says:

    Hi Jon,
    I am doing a persuasive speech on what whales do to help our oceans and planet and then to have them consider adopting a whale. I was doing a search engine and found your site. I am appalled at what I have read over the course of 2 weeks of research. In 2010 I recruited a class of 3rd graders to adopt a whale. It was the best thing, I believe, to encourage the new generation to become a advocate of the voiceless. As a teacher we can not ask for money from the children, however they can buy candy. I went to a warehouse vendor and purchased a bubble gum machine. As news spread throughout the school that we had a bubble gum machine in our class room, it was all we needed. We raised enough money to pay for the bubble gum machine and refills of gum, and especially to pay for the adoption of a humpback whale. The children were so excited once our package of goodies came. We were able to track sightings of our whale and to incorporate it in reading lessons and math. I just wanted to give an idea to someone out there, from your blog, that if there is a will there is a way to help…hope someone can use this idea and do the same.
    Please continue on with this blog, I have saved it to my favorites and I wouldn’t mind to hear back from you. we need to take a stand to save out planet, your are making it possible one person at a time.
    Best Wishes
    Barbara

  9. Jon Soeder Says:

    Barbara, thank you for your wonderful email. Yes, I will continue. I have a special connection with whales and would be happy to send you a copy of my book, “True Tails”, if you have a way to read it.
    It is really great that you are doing what you are doing. I will keep up my end and I am sure that you will too!

    Best, Jon

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  13. Yoshiko Hoyle Says:

    I read a lot about whale hunting, but have been unable to view it myself. Do you know of any charters that would take a person out whale hunting so they could witness it themselves? Preferably bow-headed or other whale bone type whales.

  14. Nidia Phelan Says:

    the sea was a future for the whales. It may have seemed like a great victory to that brave crew (and it was!), but the taste of victory is soured when one realizes one hundred and seventy-two additional lives were taken.

  15. Marlo Phan Says:

    The fact is, less than 2% of the Japan’s population eat whale meat.

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  17. Jon Soeder Says:

    You are so right! Isn’t it idiotic? 2% is very small in the grand scheme of things!

  18. Jon Soeder Says:

    Yes. When you work out how many lives and how many futures were snuffed out. Sometimes somebody has to go beyond politics and just do what’s right. Thanks for your comments!

  19. Jon Soeder Says:

    That would be kinda gruesome. in a sense. You would go to watch (and support) the killing of sentient beings.

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