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.
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?