Two more Barbarian nations, Iceland and Norway also slaughter whales.
Remember the quote from the Guardian’s in last week’s post : “Whales are among the most intelligent beings on Earth. They have what experts define as “culture”; they learn knowledge as individuals and share it with others; sperm whales talk with local dialects; orcas appear to grieve for their dead offspring – a few months ago, one grieving killer whale carried her dead calf on her back for more than two weeks. They are thinking, caring, complex animals. Japan’s decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and resume commercial whaling should, then, horrify us all.”
More,whales are a vital part of ocean ecosystems, of the oceanic web of life. As with all life, whales have intrinsic value and inherent worth, independent of any human desire. As with all wild life, it is simply wrong to kill them.
I trust that, by now, you have contacted the Japanese about your revulsion at their new planned barbarous atrocities. Similar is needed for the Icelanders and Norwegians. No caring person should travel to either country, and nothing should be bought or supported either. For instance, no-one should go to Iceland for tourism made easy by trans-Atlantic stopovers.
Protest to Iceland and Norway now, It should be easy as you’ve already done Japan, right? What, not yet done it? Well then do all three right now! You’ll feel better for it and the whales, not to mention all other ocean life, will thank you (remember that everything is connected and all forms of life need each other).