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Japan Just Completed Its Whale Hunt in Antarctica — And It Killed a Lot of Animals

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Japan Just Completed Its Whale Hunt in Antarctica — And It Killed a Lot of Animals

By Matt Smith

March 24, 2016 | from Vice News

Japan's internationally condemned Antarctic whale hunt wrapped up this week with a haul of 333 of the creatures, including more than 200 pregnant females, government officials reported.

The last of Japan's four whaling ships returned to port Thursday after a three-month expedition, the Japanese Fisheries Agency reported. Their reported catch represents "a significant increase" over the last hunt, which brought in 252 whales in 2014, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).

The Fisheries Agency said this year's haul was 103 male minke whales and 230 females, 90 percent of which were pregnant, the agency said. The number of pregnant females suggests "that the breeding situation of minke whales in the Antarctic is healthy," the agency said in a statement on the hunt.

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  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    For a nation filled with such thoughtful and intelligent people, it does some exceptionally stupid things. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    ..and the reason no one actually prevents them from doing this is?

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Matt_ADMIN_Matt_ADMIN_ Administrator
    1. Australia threatened Japan a few years back and sent planes to observe what these ships did, but for $ome rea$on they lo$t intere$t. 

    2. Western nations remain the only nations that could actually put pressure on Japan to stop, but they likely don't because of Japan's importance as a forward base into Asia. 

    3. No one cares about animals or creatures. 

    4. Kirk needs a reason to go back in time to rescue them. 
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    "...Say, 'GOD is sufficient for me.' In Him the trusters shall trust." (Quran 39:38)
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    4. Kirk needs a reason to go back in time to rescue them. 

    What's he gonna do, give them CPR :/

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • Sea Shepherd seems to be the only group seriously trying to stop them.  For trying to stop the Japanese whalers, physically at times, they were accused of piracy and terrorism by the Japanese and sued.  Fortunately, they sued Sea Shepherd in America, meaning Sea Shepherd is attempting to bring them down under American law.  Promising, although in the 47 years it takes the typical American court case to finish, thousands more whales will die.

    I think, regarding other nations, it's a case of Armchair Activism (of the Facebook "Like" variety).  It's very easy for countries to have their representatives issue statements of condemnation, but as soon as money is mentioned or someone says "why don't you do something about it, then?" everyone shuffles their feet and makes excuses about having previous engagements.

    If it costs even a dollar, no country will spend it unless their own interests are at stake.  If it takes more effort than frowning at a screen, no citizen will make the effort unless they're marine biologists.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
  • RosieRosie Member, Permitted to post new threads
    If these whale killings are added to those already occurring elsewhere plus the huge amounts of other marine life dying for inexplicable reasons, it doesn't make an encouraging image of the human race. We are part of the food chain albeit at the top - from our point of view. Everything is connected.

    "We are shaped by our thoughts; we become what we think. When the mind is pure, joy follows like a shadow that never leaves."

  • We're the "animals," really.  We have the intellect and the ability to understand morality to rise above simple concepts like the food chain, yet we treat literally every part of this planet as our prey.  We're even eyeing space hungrily.  We think we have a right to consume everything that exists because we believe we surpass everything that exists.  Some people even believe they surpass God, citing their unproven theories about why He doesn't exist to demonstrate mankind's dominance over the universe.

    If an alien race that is morally advanced enough to explore space without shoving all of it into an engine or a food processor manages to visit Earth, they would surely view us with pity, disdain and fear all at the same time.

    Hmm - an interesting premise for a Matt Damon or Tom Cruise movie (or both together in one picture):  aliens reach the Earth only to be appalled by our wanton destruction of everything (including ourselves).  In terror, they scramble to eradicate the pestilence before it can spread through the galaxy.  Meanwhile, humanity tries to fend off these terrible invaders while thinking itself the hero.
    People in this world look at things mistakenly, and think that what they do not understand must be the void. This is not the true void. It is bewilderment.
    - Miyamoto Musashi, The Book of Five Rings
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