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Action for Marine Mammals 海洋ほ乳類を守る会 Hold Tokyo March Protesting Research Whaling
By Kirsten Massebeau
Marine Mammals 海洋ほ乳類を守る会 an independent, Japanese group supporting
cetaceans in Japan has staged their second protest in Tokyo. This second
protest solely focused on opposition to Japan�s controversial research
whaling program in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. In 1986 a
moratorium was placed on whaling. Since that time Japan has circumvented the
ban by using a clause in the moratorium that allows for research whaling.
Despite the Japanese government and powerful Japan Fisheries efforts to keep
whaling alive the people of Japan are speaking out against hunting whales
and with good reason. Aside from being inhumane the business of whaling is a
financially a sinking ship.
Video by seawooluf1
In a recent report by the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) released on February 5 many substantial reasons for ending Japan�s whaling program were listed:
Taxpayers Subsidise Money-Losing Industry
Subsidies average around �782 million (US$9.78 million)
Demand for Whale Meat Falls While Stockpiles Grow
Earthquake Relief Funds and Additional Subsidies Diverted: While other needs went unmet, earthquake reconstruction funds to the tune of �2.28 billion (US$28.55 million) were diverted from tsunami relief to support �research whaling, stabilization promotion, and countermeasure expenses� for the ICR.
Polls: Indifference to Whaling, Opposition to Funding. 85 percent
expressed opposition to the use of billions of taxpayer yen to build a
new factory ship. (source)
Against Research Whaling
Without opposition the march was able to move forward with their peaceful yet strong message asking the Japanese government to end research whaling. 48 attended and the event was declared a success. This small but brave group of pioneers now a voice for whales and dolphins have had their second historical march through the streets of Tokyo spreading awareness to 1000′s. Theirs is a message of peace and hope for whales and dolphins in Japan and worldwide.
Whalers in Aussie waters