June 2010

Japan Really, Really loves killing whales

At least that's the impression one gets after reading about the extent to which Japan is going in order to secure votes at the IWC on its behalf to continue its barbaric practice of whaling, or “scientific research”, as they like to call it. Except this time Japan is being a bit more blatant about their motives. Japan is attempting to break a 24-year moratorium on commercial whaling and they are aggressively targeting smaller nations on the IWC to side with them by offering “aid” to countries who have seen their local economies suffer. Last week The Sunday Times broke the story that Japan has been bribing small impoverished nations like the Republic of Guinea for support on a proposal which would allow the killing of 1,800 whales per year, including two endangered species, fin and sei.