April 3, 2014
Traditional Whaling in Taiji
Picture credit: Public Domain
If you have had your absolute fill of depressing news about our wonderful world of animals, you can smile today!
Japan has argued for years, that they have the absolute right to kill
1,000 Whales a year in the Antarctic, for ” scientific purposes, ” but the United Nations has told Japan, not so fast!
Judge Peter Tomka has determined that what the Japanese are doing, is not “scientific” and they will stop immediately.
The Japanese have a very long history of whaling, as it has been a strong part of their culture since the 1700′s.
The bitter and sad stories coming out of Taiji where Dolphins and Whales are murdered every year, has been the subject of countless Blogs, News and TV stories, even a documentary film, the Cove.
Bloodshed, as in rituals, for the sake of culture, had been a part of our lives since we crawled out of the water, or from under a rock, or whatever we did, but long ago we stopped most of these heinous acts and became mostly civilized beings.
It is not that humans have really changed or evolved so much, more likely, it has been the influence of a more “ethical” society and the negativity attached to these gruesome acts.
Only our behavior towards the animal kingdom seems to have remained in our archaic past, as witnessed by the ongoing slaughter every day to animals all of over the world, especially in Africa.
Regrettably, nothing has deterred the determined Japanese, who since their defeat in the War, have felt this was one last part of their culture where their Honor and National pride were still secure.
The Japanese were not alone in this evil, many countries including ours, participated in the killing of Whales.
But in 1986, a “Moratorium Against Whaling” was enacted and all but the Japanese, Norway and Iceland adhered to it.
Although I can certainly respect preserving your culture, some of the reason to support this particular one, must be subject to the current status of Whales on the planet.
Global numbers for all sea mammals have decreased dramatically in the last Century, so continuing this so called “scientific research” is no longer a viable excuse for Whale slaughter, anywhere.
Our species, we Humans, must learn to respect all animals and protect them before they are wiped from the Earth.
For if they are all gone, we will be alone and this Planet was never meant to be Only inhabited by Humans.
You may learn more here:
This page has a wide selection of places to learn more: ICJ ruling on whaling news roundup
Here is Court’s the ruling: International Court of Justice
World Court: Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling is illegal and must end
U.N. Court rules Antarctic whaling by Japan illegal, orders halt
World Court rules against ‘scientific’ whaling
Victory for whales at the International Court of Justice