The International Whaling Commission had placed a moratorium on whaling since the mid 80s with an exception for scientific studies which Japan has been abusing ever since. Norway just ignores the moratorium and hunts under its own regulations. The moratorium was to allow for the conservation of whale stock because of over hunting.
During the 18 year Japanese scientific whaling program there were 6,800 whales killed and only 4 papers published. It isn't science, it would never pass an ethics committee. Extracted from ABC radio national.
There are several hundred thousand minke whales left, which sounds like a lot, but really isn't that many. You don't want to wait until they are endangered before stopping the hunt.
Japan also claims they hunt a limited number of endangered fin whales and threatened humpback whales under the guise of science. This really isn't on at all, and for my mind, is justification for everything the Sea Shepherd group does.
There are approx over 1 billion sheep and 1.5 billion cattle and 16 trillion chickens. Over 1.5 billion of combined goats, pigs, buffalo. Compare this with the several hundred thousand whales.
Give the whales a break. Eat a pig, put some whale flavouring on it.
For those that want to support the Sea Shepherd, they have a nice little donate button. SeaShepherd.Org After you click donate there is a PayPal option on the left.
If you support the other side then fly to Japan and chew some blubber.
There are, of course, other ways to push your opinion than donating money to the sea shepherd. Hayden Panettiere (Heroes) has started a petition to save the whales. See, it has her picture on it, you want to sign it now, right?
You could also write to your government representative and let them know your support either way you fall.
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