The Australian government is sending a ship outfitted with powerful telescopic lenses and video recorders to shadow the Japanese whaling fleet. Australia will also lead a coalition of anti-whaling nations in lodging formal diplomatic protests to the Japanese government. A plane has already been sent to film operations of the Japanese ships in order to have evidence they are killing humpback whales. The world shares Australia’s laughter at comments by the Japanese government that whales are being killed for scientific purposes and eating them is merely an aftermath of the program to further scientific knowledge. Environment Minister Peter Garret, commented: “You don’t have to harpoon them to find out important scientific information about them. It’s cruel, it’s barbaric and it’s unnecessary.” The Japanese government response is that entire whaling expedition is simply part of the “necessity of research whaling.”
Japan has high class universities which graduate outstanding scientists. Perhaps, there is something wrong with its university system that requires killing whales in order to do some sort of “scientific research.”The killing of humpback whales has nothing to do with science and a great deal to do with Japanese eating habits.