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JAPANESE SLAUGHTER OF WHALES AND PORPOISES
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INTRODUCTION


On Jan. 1, 2006, I underwent a quadruple bypass, with complications. I promised that if I was allowed to survive I would devote my remaining time to try and stop animal cruelty and research brutality. I now realize the immensity of the situation which involves many countries and customs. I have written numerous articles that expose brutality to dogs, which I hoped would at least have some small influence on the problem. My research shows the US to be high on the list of offenses against animals and humans.

Many of my stories contain photos that are gross. My heart goes out to every homeless dog, every slaughtered whale and porpoise, and horrific mistreatment to sheep, horses, elephants, and circus animals, rodeo animals, and the list goes on and on. These photos are only to try and show people the horrible life that animals live. Maybe I can get at least person to understand. My observation is that not many care. How can God allow this to happen to the very creatures he created? The first story will concern the Japanese atrocities of whale and porpoise slaughter. I liken this process to the disgusting slaughter of baby seals by Canada.

The Japanese should be forced to stop this slaughter immediately. They must not be allowed to continue.


HUMPBACK WHALE

Japan angers activists with first humpback whale hunt in decades. Nov. 19, 07

The 'singing species' was given international protection in 1963.

Shimonoseki, Japan

Japanese whalers set off into the South Pacific on Sunday with orders to kill humpback whales for the first time in decades.
The hunt is certain to inflame tensions in the standoff between anti-whaling forces and Japan. Angry environmental activists have pledged to chase Japan's whalers to the Antarctic.
"The Japanese government's scientific whaling program is a sham," said Karli Thomas, expedition leader aboard the Greenpeace boat Esperanza, waiting outside Japanese territorial waters to confront the fleet.
"Whaling has no place in Antarctica. It's a place of peace and science, and this is not science," Thomas said.
The International Whaling Commission, or IWC, allows Japan's annual research whaling mission, but anti-whaling activists call it a cover-up for a commercial hunt. Meat from Japan's scientific catch is sold commercially.
The large-scale hunt for up to 50 humpbacks is thought to be the first for the species since a 1963 moratorium that put the whales under international protection.
Scientists say the knobby-headed-humpback whales, a favorite among whale watchers- are intelligent creatures that communicate through lengthy "songs."
They grow up to 48 feet long and weigh as much as 40 tons, but are extremely acrobatic, often throwing themselves out of the water, swimming on their backs with both flippers in the air, or slapping the water with their tails.
The Japanese mission was also hunting for 935 Antarctic minke whales and 50 fin whales through April in what Japan's Fisheries Agency said would be the largest scientific whale hunt in the South Pacific.
Four ships left the southern port of Shimonoseki after a departure ceremony at the wharf. Two observation ships had left northern Japan on Wednesday.
Japan, a major commercial whaling nation before a comprehensive ban in 1986, has killed almost 10,500 mostly minke and Brydes whales under a research permit issued by the IWC - and it's catch is growing.
This season's target of up to 1,035 whales is more than double the number the country hunted a decade ago.
International bans on humpback whaling were agreed on in the 1950s and 1960s, after they were hunted to near extinction, but a few are killed under a subsistence program in Greenland and the Caribbean.

The Associated Press


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