The latest whaling target: Mothers and their calves

A mother and calf being pulled onto a whaling ship | Image: National Geographic

A mother and its calf, senselessly killed to make cheap meat.

I was going to write a huge post about whaling. But then I thought, look at the picture, and is it really necessary to have much explanation?

Japan says it’s just like killing any other fish. As far as I’m aware, you don’t normally kill fish by impaling them with an explosive-packed harpoon, then forcing them to suffer a prolonged, agonizing death.

Take a look at this video too – it’s only 80 seconds long. Remember that a lot of that meat ends up in children’s school dinners.

This year more than any in the past, there is really starting to be a big anti-whaling movement, lead to a large degree by the commendable Australian government. Be part of something big – change the world.

The most important thing is to get out and do something about it. Email your local government representative, wherever in the world you live. Join campaigns such as Greenpeace’s, where it takes literally 20 seconds to tell the Japanese government what you think of them (click here). Spread the word, tell your friends and family. Don’t just sit there and moan about it.

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3 Responses

  1. I think you’re right the video says it all.
    Thank you for the post

  2. Thank you for posting this picture and article on the inhumane killing of the whale. Its very sad and it must stop.

    We should realize that no animal, bird or fish should be killed for the sake of food, sport and education. These animals have the right to be born, live a complete life and have a natural death like how we all as humans crave for. Why shouldn’t the wild creatures have this privilege?

    If killing of a whale is inhumane, what about killing of oter animals like cows?
    Pls take a look at the website of “Meat & Livestock Australia”, for stats. Its at http://www.mla.com.au/default.htm
    When I went through the figures in Sept 07, over 600,000 cattle is slaughtered every week in Australia. Isn’t this bad too? Shouldn’t this killing be condemned as well?

    Why do we care so much about saving only the whale or a dolphin or some butterfly about to be extinct in the Amazon forest?

    A cow provides so many benefits to the humans…like milk from which many food preparations can be made, its dung is a known anticeptic & fuel and its urine is therapeutic. And the bull is used for pulling carts, tilling the soil etc. But for the taste of the tongue, how many are killed everday? In India, a cow is considered extremely sacred and is given the position of a mother. But sadly, even that country is ending up in the list of leading beef producers.

    In John Robbins book, “The Food Revolution”, an idea of the numbers of killing of food is given in the USA alone:
    7.6 billion chickens
    300 million turkeys
    100 million hogs
    60 million cows

    And so much meat is fed to kids at school and home too. They have no idea about the pain and suffering the animal has gone through to end up on some one’s dinner plate. I wish there was a carpet ban on the killing of every animal, birds and fish. They should be protected and cared for.

    Nature has provided us with plenty of grains, fruits and vegetables. If we invest time in educating ourselves on how to cook delicious preparations from them, there is absolutely no need to kill any animal. What ever nutrition one gains from the dead body of an animal, one can gain from a vegetarian diet.

    “Nothing will benefit human health & increase the chances for survival of life on Earth as much as the evolution to a vegetarian diet” – Albert Einstein

    Take Care,
    Manoj

  3. What is Honour?

    Japan’s Identity is steeped in it
    Japan Government ‘s public stated position
    “Japan kills Wales for Scientific research”

    PR company -Omeka Communications, is contracted by Japan’s Government Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), Omeka Communications Quote:
    “Some people love lambs because they taste good with a dash of mint sauce. Some people, however, enjoy a whale steak or whale sushi. So why can we not accept that of others?” [Sunday Star Times, NZ, Jan 2006
    Japan examples itself to the world on shame and honour “The Honour to hide behind a lie”

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