Whaling ban still in place, but threats to the whales remain

The International Whaling Commission (IWC), in its meeting in Morocco, decided earlier this week to delay action on a proposed compromise that might have at least partially lifted the ban on whaling.

For whales and for the sake of the Earth’s troubled oceans, now is not the time to compromise with the nations – Japan, Iceland and Norway – that still cruelty kill endangered marine mammals.

And of course this propaganda out of Japan, stating its whaling operations are for scientific research, is nothing more than a sick joke. If they believe that, I’ve got some really nice lake-front property on Mars I’ll sell them. I’ve owned it for a long time – for research I’ve been doing on foreign soil.

Let’s take a serious, logical read between the lines – highlighting Japan. This nation regularly hunts whales (under the cover of “research”). Officials from Japan are pushing for a change in the rules and have said they might pull out of the IWC and take their toys and go home if they don’t get things to go their way.

But with no changes from the IWC, Japan continues to hunt whales. The reason its representatives are reacting so strongly to not having a compromise of some sort must mean they want to kill more whales – period.

All in all, many are calling the decision to delay action this week a win for whales. The proper next step would be to ban the trio of nations from whaling at all. Serious sanctions of all sorts should be implemented against any nation that continues to kill whales.

For some time now, nations have been united against Iran and North Korea and their efforts to develop nuclear weapons. All nations should unite similarly against whaling.

And then we have reports of a five-year study by American scientists, who found alarmingly high levels of toxic heavy metals in tissue samples.

From the Associated Press story

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The levels of cadmium, aluminum, chromium, lead, silver, mercury and titanium together are the highest ever found in marine mammals, the scientists say, warning that the health of both ocean life and the people who consume seafood could be at risk.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Ben Jones on June 27, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    Tom —

    I love this site, and I’m thinking about you and Nan. All’s well here. Pups are good, as am I.

    Call anytime.

    Reply

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