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Friday, December 7, 2012
Japanese Support for Whaling at Only 26.8%
There may come a day in which the whale population or some part of it
will need to be managed. However, that is generally centuries in the
future at best. It is also plausible that communication will be
achievable and the whales can become active participants in the
management of the seas themselves. We need them if that becomes
In the meantime, we need to support efforts to change the Japanese
consensus itself. Without popular support the Japanese double game
cannot end without considerable loss of face. A change of consensus
allows a backing down in the face of a new reality.
Then a way must be found to engage that allows changes to take place.
We are heading for a world in which large mammals will all be
carefully and humanely managed as a matter of course. Most will
serve mankind allowing large populations. The rest will merely live
in the edges as always.
Japan support for
whaling outweighs opposition: poll
by Staff Writers
Tokyo (AFP) Nov
More Japanese people
support the country's controversial whale hunt than oppose it, a
survey carried out on behalf of animal rights activists showed
Of 1,200 people
questioned for the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), 26.8
percent said the country should continue its hunt against 18.5
percent who opposed it. The remainder expressed no opinion.
Japan hunts whales
using a loophole in a global moratorium. It kills the mammals for
"scientific research" even though the meat is later sold
openly in shops and restaurants.
Tokyo says the whale
hunt is deeply embedded in Japanese culture and wants to resume
routinely condemn the hunt and maintain it does not have the support
of Japanese people.
In a press release,
IFAW tried to put a positive gloss on the survey, which questioned
people aged 15-79 nationwide over a 13-day period in October.
"The good people
of Japan are taking whale meat off the menu," said Patrick
Ramage, director of IFAW's global whale programme, citing the 88.8
percent of respondents who said they had not bought whale meat in the
The survey did not
provide results for how many people had actually consumed the meat
over the period.
Agency is to sell whale meat by mail order, the Mainichi Shimbun
reported earlier this month. It said the move is aimed at boosting
consumption after demand fell as prices rose.
IFAW opposes all
commercial and scientific whaling and advocates whale-watching
programmes that it says generate around $2.1 billion annually for
Japan's whaling fleet
is expected to set sail for the Southern Ocean around Antarctica in
the next few weeks.
Tokyo will not
disclose the exact date of the departure, citing fears of attacks by
militant conservationist group Sea Shepherd which habitually pursues