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#185500 - 18th Nov 2007 9:14am WHALING !
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ok its international News, but there is no forum for that.....

This is just so wrong, ok its part of their History/tradition but they are going to make one of the most awe-inspiring *sp* and majestic creatures extinct for the sake of greed and so called medicine....
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from bbc News....Japanese whalers hunt humpbacks

Environmentalists have clashed with the crew of Nisshin Maru before
A Japanese whaling fleet has set sail aiming to harpoon humpback whales for the first time in decades.
The fleet is conducting its largest hunt in the South Pacific - it has instructions to kill up to 1,000 whales, including 50 humpbacks.

The mission has drawn strong protests from environmentalists for breaking a 44-year moratorium on humpback hunting.

Japan was forced to abandon commercial whaling in 1986 but has since carried out whaling for "scientific research".

Four whaling ships, including the lead craft Nisshin Maru, set off from the southern port of Shimonoseki on Sunday.

The 239-man mission plans to kill more than 900 minke whales as well as fin whales and humpbacks, in a South Pacific whale hunt that will run until mid-April.

The 8,000-metric tonne Nisshin Maru was crippled by a fire on a whaling mission in the Antarctic in March. One crew member was killed.

A Greenpeace campaign ship will be following the Japanese fleet.

Sensitive mammals

Tokyo's plan to target the humpback - which was hunted to near extinction four decades ago - has drawn condemnation from environmentalists.


Crowds gathered to wave off the whaling boats

"Humpbacks are very sensitive and live in close-knit pods so even one death can be extremely damaging," Greenpeace spokesman Junichi Sato said.

Japanese fisheries officials insist both humpback and fin populations are back to sustainable levels.

"Humpback whales in our research area are rapidly recovering," said fisheries spokesman Hideki Moronuki.

"Taking 50 humpbacks from a population of tens of thousands will have no significant impact whatsoever."

Mr Moronuki said killing whales allows marine biologists to study their internal organs.

Meat from Japan's scientific catch is sold commercially but Japanese officials deny that the mission plans to make a profit.

Tokyo argues that whaling is an ancient Japanese tradition, and has pushed unsuccessfully at the International Whaling Commission to reverse the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.

Environmentalists say Japan's research programme is a pretext for keeping the whaling industry alive.




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#185501 - 18th Nov 2007 9:33am Re: WHALING ! [Re: jonah]
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#185502 - 18th Nov 2007 9:38am Re: WHALING ! [Re: Waddi]
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mad fight my thoughts exactly, its soooooooooo wrong !
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#185506 - 18th Nov 2007 11:31am Re: WHALING ! [Re: jonah]
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"Tokyo argues that whaling is an ancient Japanese tradition, and has pushed unsuccessfully at the International Whaling Commission to reverse the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling. "

We usd to have a tradition of oppressing the people of the empire but we don't keep that alive!

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#185528 - 18th Nov 2007 2:01pm Re: WHALING ! [Re: Waddi]
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Wasn't this on the News a bout a month ago?
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#185550 - 18th Nov 2007 7:42pm Re: WHALING ! [Re: Mark]
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yeh think so, but the ships are leaving around now to start the 'Cull'
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