Japan Promotes Commercial Whaling

At the recent meeting of the International Whaling Commission on St Kitts in the Caribbean, Japan managed to obtain a majority of one in favor of a resumption of commercial whaling. Six Pacific countries voted with Japan: Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu. None of them participate in the South Pacific Whale Sanctuary but all are heavily dependent on Japanese economic aid, which of course is why they voted as they did.

Personally, I find Japan's position reprehensible, and I condemn Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Nauru, Palau, Solomon Islands, and Tuvalu for selling their votes in such an unworthy cause. However, I must admit that after April's harp seal hunt in the Gulf of St Lawrence, my own country Canada is on no higher moral ground than Japan. And before condemning Japan and its clients too strongly, we must also recall the use of high-frequency sonar radar by the United States Navy, deafening and killing marine mammals.

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