Last month Japan set out on its biggest whale hunt yet, with more than 1,000 whales targeted for slaughter – all in the name of science. Japan’s whaling in the southern ocean will see up to 935 minke whales, 50 endangered fin whales and 50 humpback whales killed.
In this article from The Age, Australia plans to strengthen its efforts to stop Japanese whaling, and will be sending ships and aircraft to monitor the whalers and collect evidence in their fight against whaling.
New Zealander solo yachtsman David Taylor will also join the fight against Japanese whaling by setting sail in his homemade boat, along with New Zealand’s Greenpeace, to make a stand against the Japanese and voice his disgust for whaling.
“I’m against whaling in total, but the humpback whales, they’re just such a magnificent animal,” says Taylor. “I just feel it’s something I have to do, I’ve got no option.”
Sometimes I wonder what the world will be like in 100 years – how many more species will be extinct, how much will we have ravaged mother earth and will it be just a deathly shadow of what once was? A melodramatic thought or not, but I bet our great-grandparents never envisioned what is today. Once the whales have been and gone, what will we exterminate next? Not to get on my soap box and cry wolf or anything, but really, how simple and obvious is the concept to look after what we’ve got? Hope you get through to them boys… safe sailing