maggiekb at March 31st, 2014 11:45 — #1
tribune at March 31st, 2014 11:51 — #2
An end to Antarctic whaling I believe. Not sure about other locations of Japanese whaling. ( nor am I sure the distribution of Japanese whaling)
jandrese at March 31st, 2014 11:58 — #3
This isn't one of those cases where the government agrees to stop something, but then does nothing to prevent its citizens from doing it anyway is it?
tribune at March 31st, 2014 11:58 — #4
Looks like Antarctic was about 80% of their activity in recent years.
cbeck at March 31st, 2014 12:23 — #5
Or, like Iceland and Norway they will just ignore the IWC and reject the moratorium.
jeblucas at March 31st, 2014 12:52 — #6
Couldn't they have applied their years of "research" to a paper proving how delicious whales are?
laynesk at March 31st, 2014 13:04 — #7
These damn whales keep flinging themselves onto our harpoons! They must be delici-er-depressed...
forzaq8 at March 31st, 2014 13:12 — #8
Another Article from independent
Meanwhile Norway and Iceland reject a 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling imposed by the International Whaling Commission and conduct for-profit whaling.
So Japan was taken to Court for trying to go around the moratorium but Norway and Iceland aren't ?
or even pressured ? would the environment terrorist go for Norway and Iceland now ? or they will still haunt Japan
because they are easier target and last they went after Europeans they nearly lost the boat ?
maggiekb at March 31st, 2014 13:24 — #9
If you read the ABC (Australia) article, the difference is that Japan signed on to the treaty and the moratorium. It's never rejected them. Just claimed that it got a research exemption. Now that exemption has been successfully challenged. Japan could always just remove themselves from the moratorium and treaty. But they have said they'll abide by the ruling.
forzaq8 at March 31st, 2014 13:37 — #10
if they withdraw from the treaty would Australia stop its crusade ? would the environment terrorist stop going after Japanese fishing boat ? no , they will still keep at them , they are after all not European
othermichael at March 31st, 2014 13:53 — #11
awjt at March 31st, 2014 13:58 — #12
I don't know why they're hunting whales in the oceans. All they have to do is stand outside a McDonald's in Atlanta with a net.
edked at March 31st, 2014 18:32 — #13
Aaaand, with the use of that phrase I know I don't need to feel obliged to respect anything further you might say...
lightningwaltz at March 31st, 2014 18:43 — #14
Do you advocate eating the whales till they all die?
space_monkey at March 31st, 2014 20:45 — #15
Whales are actually surprisingly not delicious. They somehow taste excessively gamy, excessively greasy, and fishy all at the same time, and this is coming from someone who generally likes greasy, gamy meat.
teapot at March 31st, 2014 23:41 — #16
The government spends $30m on the hunt annually, so without their cashola it's not gonna happen. The program loses money.
teapot at March 31st, 2014 23:55 — #17
They could do that, except the ICJ has ruled that Japan cannot hunt in the Southern Ocean. There's a difference between sailing half-way round the world to hunt whales in a whale sanctuary and Iceland & Norway who hunt whales in their own geographic region and at vastly lower numbers than the Japanese.
teapot at March 31st, 2014 23:56 — #18
space_monkey is right. My experience was that it was very porky to begin with but left an aftertaste of fishy rubber. Awful.
forzaq8 at April 1st, 2014 00:07 — #20
Oh no ! i lost Ezrgfi9645 respect last year now you ?!
teapot at April 1st, 2014 00:07 — #21
To be fair, my understanding is that even if Iceland, Norway and Japan took their full quotas it probably wouldn't affect the survival of whales.
My main problem is that Japan hunt in a fucking whale sanctuary, burn tonnes and tonnes of heavy fuel oil getting there from Japan and break the law in other ways (such as last season they refuelled in an areas which are strictly against the law due to their proximity to Antarctica).
Furthermore Japanese taxpayers foot the bill for the hunt each year when their country is in a bit of a financial bind at the moment. Post-tsunami the region which is home to the Japanese whaling fleet gave funds earmarked for rebuilding and recovery to the whaling industry to repair their stuff (a bunch of it was damaged during the tsunami). Note: this was not money donated by people, it came directly from the government, but I'm sure the local residents could have used that $28.5m since it was raised through taxing them anyway.
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