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On a scientific viewpoint and on a natural level, there isn't really anything wrong with a species going extinct. But, personally, I do agree that it would be a good idea to have regulations on the hunting of whales. I honestly don't care if anyone doesn't like it because they think it's cruel or we're killing some "magical, beautiful creatures of earth" or something.

Btw Japan should start making major laws about their factories, pollution, and natural resource management. I went to Japan and the cities' waters are filthy and the streets are littered? Not to mention jogging there was like running through a smoker's bar.
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Japan not just only kills whales.. they kill shark i think.. and DOLPHIN..T^T
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it must be to research two things;

how many whales can you catch in a trip and,

how do they taste?
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Ermm... I dunno. You'd be best off asking someone who actually goes out and hunts them. It's not so nice but... what can we do? We kill animals as would animals kill other animals... if you get me
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I think it was because the demand of whale in Japanese market is high. and it also cause the whaling grow high. it was an ordinary thing that happen in market place. (I've graduate from a marketing major)
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where's poseidon when you need him?
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I found this:

Japanese Whalers Tie Protesters to the Mast


Japanese harpoon ship captures UK protester

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/earth/mai...eajapan115.xml

Japanese whalers have captured two environmental campaigners, including a Briton, and are holding them on one of their harpoon vessels in waters just off Antarctica.
The protesters are detained on the Japanese whaling ship
Giles Lane and Benjamin Potts are seized by the crew of the Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru No 2

Giles Lane, 36, from Cuckfield in West Sussex, and Australian national Benjamin Potts have been held by the crew of the Yushin Maru No 2 since 6.30pm Tuesday local time (7.30am UK time), according to the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Sea Shepherd staff claim the men had been tied to the radar mast of the Japanese ship but the Japanese Whaling Association denied this.

The environmental group's vessel M/Y Steve Irwin has been shadowing the six-strong Japanese fleet for three days and, along with the Greenpeace ship Esperanza, had forced the whalers to leave their hunting grounds off Antarctica.

"They have been out there for a couple of hours already and it's freezing," said Jonny Vasic, international director of Sea Shepherd's operations, based in Melbourne.
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"It does not get really dark that far south at this time of year, but the wind will be getting to them and it will be very uncomfortable."

The two men are wearing one-piece luminous protective suits, but that will only protect from the elements for so long, Mr Vasic said.

"Their hands will be freezing and this is dangerous."

Mr Lane and Mr Potts took an inflatable craft from the Sea Shepherd to board the vessel carrying a letter that informed the captain that he was illegally killing whales in the Southern Whale Sanctuary, declared by Australia. The two men were allowed on board and not allowed to leave.

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has informed the Australian Federal Police, and contacted the British Consul General in Canberra to inform officials that a UK national is being held against his will.

In the Federal Court in Sydney earlier Tuesday, Judge James Allsop banned Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd., the company that carries out the whale hunting, from operating within an area of the southern Pacific that Australia has declared to be a wildlife sanctuary.

Japan has stated that it will ignore any injunction against its whalers. In Tokyo, Makoto Ito, a spokesman for the Japan Whaling Association, confirmed that the two men were aboard the Yushin Maru but denied that they had been tied to a mast.

"It is a fact that none of the crew of the Sea Shepherd have been bound to the radar mast," he said.

"This is just propaganda by Sea Shepherd. I believe the two men are on the boat but we cannot give further details at this time.

"Sea Shepherd has been harassing our research vessels, but no-one is bound to the mast of the Yushin Maru."
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slybobs7 wrote:

they made a Star Trek movie on this subject ... Star Trek IV: Voyage Home... so ya if the whales go extinct and alien race is going to come and kill us ... food for thought lol


I hate Star Trek/Wars, but you're joking right?
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Last i've heard japan has a food shortage problem, in that they can't produce thier own food effectively. 'Whales .. well I wasn't aware they where killing more then needed..
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jesusosorio wrote:


slybobs7 wrote:

they made a Star Trek movie on this subject ... Star Trek IV: Voyage Home... so ya if the whales go extinct and alien race is going to come and kill us ... food for thought lol


I hate Star Trek/Wars, but you're joking right?


lol no joke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_IV:_The_Voyage_Home
Leonard Nimoy directed it and its about whales
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thats fucked up tbh
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slybobs7 wrote:


jesusosorio wrote:


slybobs7 wrote:

they made a Star Trek movie on this subject ... Star Trek IV: Voyage Home... so ya if the whales go extinct and alien race is going to come and kill us ... food for thought lol


I hate Star Trek/Wars, but you're joking right?


lol no joke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_IV:_The_Voyage_Home
Leonard Nimoy directed it and its about whales


ROFL. What would whales have to do with aliens? I stand opposed to whaling(except Killer Whales, those things are bastards.)
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If japan has a food crisis, and IF the whales are needed to provide food in any way at all then WHY is japan claiming that they need all these whales for research purposes, and not for food? they havent been able to supply a reason about how and why they need so many dead whales for research purposes, which is why they are in so much poop about it internationally. if they needed the whales for food then at least some people would sympathise for this reason. so....why lie about it hmm?

either the whalers are lying and are eating the whales they claim they are using for research, OR ...is there an or? the best way to study an animal is when it is alive, you would only need a few dead animals to ascertain its anatomy etc if they need so many dead whales they must be screwing up a whole lot of research...
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jesusosorio wrote:


slybobs7 wrote:


jesusosorio wrote:


slybobs7 wrote:

they made a Star Trek movie on this subject ... Star Trek IV: Voyage Home... so ya if the whales go extinct and alien race is going to come and kill us ... food for thought lol


I hate Star Trek/Wars, but you're joking right?


lol no joke
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Star_Trek_IV:_The_Voyage_Home
Leonard Nimoy directed it and its about whales


ROFL. What would whales have to do with aliens? I stand opposed to whaling(except Killer Whales, those things are bastards.)


lol time to laugh ... Whales are ALIENS !!!!!!
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chocuqueen wrote:

Japan not just only kills whales.. they kill shark i think.. and DOLPHIN..T^T


yep, every year they have a mass kull of dolphins



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