The annual anger generated in Australia by Japan’s dispatch of whaling ships erupted with two Australians seized on a whaling ship and detained for alleged illegal actions. After strong protests from the Australian government, the two men were released. The Japanese claim the men attempted to throw bottles filled with acid and charged onto the deck of the ship. The men came from the Sea Sheherd which is part of anti-whaling efforts by people throughout the world. The men claim all they did was to make an attempt of delivering a letter asking the Japanese to cease and desist the killing of whales. Japan claims the killing of 1,000 whales is done for “scientific purposes.”
One can assume the only people who believe 1,000 whales are killed in the name of “science” are those who are consuming whale flesh. The Japanese palate may desire whale flesh, but the remainder of the world is tired of this senseless slaughter of whales whose numbers have been dramatically reduced because of Japanese eating habits. As Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd, put it: “The Pirates down here are the Japanese.” Of course, some of us are wondering what exactly is the”scientific research” being conducted on whales?