Protest Whale Killing
On 2011-02-16 the Japanese announced they are giving up whale hunting. The cited fear
of Captain Paul Watson of the Sea
Shepherd Conservation Society
as the reason. Then on 2011-07-12
The Makah whale hunt dominated the news, but in terms of total
number of whales killed it was not the most important issue. There are two even more
important threats to whales:
Most species of whales are endangered, so they deserve the standard endangered
species protection. I argue that whales are a highly intelligent species and should not
be hunted for food and more than humans are. That argument applies whether or not a
particular species is endangered. I expound on those arguments in my essay on the
Makah whale hunt.
- Japan’s research hunt.
- Japan’s Mitsubishi Corporation’s plan to build a salt plant in the
lagoon where nearly all gray whales raise their young.
The Japanese Research Hunt
Japan continues to kill whales under the name of
research. However, it is not really research. Half the
whale meat sold in Japan comes from this hunt. You don’t have to kill humans to
study them. Surely the same applies to whales. They killed 90
whales last year, many more times the number the Makah killed.
This hunt, like the Makah hunt, is a wedge that allows others to justify hunts, both
legal and illegal.
The Mitsubishi Salt Plant
Mitsubishi wants to build a salt plant in
Scanlon’s Lagoon. Unfortunately this is where nearly all the world’s gray
whales go to raise their young. A salt plant can go anywhere there is salt water and flat
hot land to dry it. Why pick the one place in the world for it that will send a beautiful
species of whale into extinction?
Boycott Mitsubishi, Boycott Japan
Avoid buying products made by Mitsubishi, or any product made in Japan. Let
Mitsubishi know you are doing this by sending them an email. Let Japan head office
know you are doing this by sending them an email. If
enough people boycott, they will act in their own best financial interest and stop
Japan Calls Off Humpback Hunt
Japan announced it was going to kill 4000 whales for
research. Protests, especially in Australia convinced the
Japanese to lay off endangered humpback whales. They had planned to assassinate
50 of them.