Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

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    Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

    This angers me to no end. They can eat all the cats, dogs,and rats they want, but leave the whales alone.

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    What happened to Sea Shepherd?

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    Maybe I'm naive but why would anyone these days want to kill whales??? Aren't there alternative resources? It''s not like we need more lamp oil.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    Maybe I'm naive but why would anyone these days want to kill whales??? Aren't there alternative resources? It''s not like we need more lamp oil.
    I found this quote...
    Japanese Culture and Pride
    This history is an important part of why the Japanese continue to hunt whales. Attempts to stop the nation's whaling are perceived by many as a threat to Japanese culture. According to its defenders, eating whale meat is an old and impenetrable Japanese tradition. "No one has the right to criticize the food culture of another people," said Matayuki Komatsu of Japan's Fisheries Agency.

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    I think it's reprehensible FWIW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jumper_Dad View Post
    I found this quote...
    Japanese Culture and Pride
    This history is an important part of why the Japanese continue to hunt whales. Attempts to stop the nation's whaling are perceived by many as a threat to Japanese culture. According to its defenders, eating whale meat is an old and impenetrable Japanese tradition. "No one has the right to criticize the food culture of another people," said Matayuki Komatsu of Japan's Fisheries Agency.
    Taking the other side of this, I assume most of us eat animals too so how are the Japanese any different than any of us that eat animals?

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    Quote Originally Posted by theguru View Post
    Taking the other side of this, I assume most of us eat animals too so how are the Japanese any different than any of us that eat animals?
    One answer could be that whale numbers are much less than cattle or rabbits. I would think some species of whales are on the endangered list.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wireman View Post
    What happened to Sea Shepherd?
    Didnt it get sunk a few years ago?

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    One answer could be that whale numbers are much less than cattle or rabbits. I would think some species of whales are on the endangered list.
    They only are hunting minke whales...a smaller species of whale. Minkes numbers are healthy and the species is not on any kind of conservation watchlist.

    My understanding is that Iceland permits commercial whaling of Minke whales, an I believe one of the other Scandanavian countries (Finland/Norway/Sweden) allows it as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Professor View Post
    Maybe I'm naive but why would anyone these days want to kill whales??? Aren't there alternative resources? It''s not like we need more lamp oil.
    Those street lamps aren't going to light themselves.

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Didnt it get sunk a few years ago?
    One of their boats that was intended as a "tactical vessel" to be used to obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling ships was struck by a whaler and later sunk. It wasn't one of their long-distance ships though. The Sea Shepherds have a fleet of 6 or 7 ships.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    One of their boats that was intended as a "tactical vessel" to be used to obstruct the operations of Japanese whaling ships was struck by a whaler and later sunk. It wasn't one of their long-distance ships though. The Sea Shepherds have a fleet of 6 or 7 ships.
    Not the little fiberglass boats, one of their bigger ones. Was sunk with a torpedo by a military ship for being in an unauthorized area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Colonels_Wear_Blue View Post
    They only are hunting minke whales...a smaller species of whale. Minkes numbers are healthy and the species is not on any kind of conservation watchlist.

    My understanding is that Iceland permits commercial whaling of Minke whales, an I believe one of the other Scandanavian countries (Finland/Norway/Sweden) allows it as well.
    So basically the title is click bait.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StrongSide View Post
    So basically the title is click bait.
    Looks like it. According to Wiki the Antarctic Minke Whale population is around 515,000. Not sure how hunting 330 a year is going to make any dent in that number. It's funny that mntref says in his OP he is fine with them killing all the dogs and cats they want but not whales. Why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by plantmanky View Post
    Not the little fiberglass boats, one of their bigger ones. Was sunk with a torpedo by a military ship for being in an unauthorized area.
    Oh....well I've not ever heard anything about that one.

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