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06/04/2010 12:02 PM ID: 84343 Permalink   

Japan Sued by Australia Over Whaling Program


Australia has sued Japan in the International Court of Justice in the Hague earlier this week over the Asian country´s controversial whaling program. Japan states that the program is for scientific use, and thus exempt from the 1986 whaling ban.

Japan publicly stated in reply that, "We cannot accept Australia´s argument at all. We will firmly respond to the lawsuit." New Zealand may also sue the country, where excess whale meat from the hunts land in restaurants and school lunches.

Australia is Japan´s major trading partner in the Pacific.

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" New Zealand may also sue the country, where excess whale meat from the hunts land in restaurants and school lunches."

What do they do with the meat if not eat it? I mean, at least its being eaten and not left laying around like elephants.
  by: nimira     06/04/2010 01:34 PM     
  WTF are you doing Australia???  
Japan is our no 1 export destination. Who gives a f&ck about the whales when 22% of your exports goto japan.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/04/2010 01:36 PM     
  We should all sue Japan  
Who gives a f*ck about your exports,

angry whale
  by: drndo   06/04/2010 02:12 PM     
has a right to be angry at dowphin and wael... after all they were the ones responsible for hewoshima.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/04/2010 02:18 PM     
@nimira: "What do they do with the meat if not eat it? I mean, at least its being eaten and not left laying around like elephants."

Of course they´re eating it, that´s the only reason they´re being poached in the first place. The whole scientific research thing is a complete farce. I like Japanese culture and loves me some sushi, but Japan over farms sea life to the point of extinction. There is an international ban on whaling and it´s ridiculous for Japan to think it´s immune to any repercussions. The only research they´re doing is testing to see how yummy whale meat and soy sauce is when they put it on their mouths.

@Shifty: Sounds like some of your compatriots are a bit more level headed and compassionate than you. If 22% of your exports go to Japan then it sounds like they need you and that´s probably not going to change. But even if it does, as drndo said: "Who gives a f*ck about your exports".
  by: spiggy   06/04/2010 03:11 PM     
If god didn´t want people to eat whale it wouldn´t be so damn tasty and/or whales would be harpoon proof. It seems to me the person people should really be angry at is god.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/04/2010 03:31 PM     
Firstly, I don´t really give a shit what god thinks either. Secondly, I´d be willing to bet that humans are pretty tasty as well and am fairly certain that we´re not harpoon proof either. Besides, whales are nearly extinct and there are billions of humans crowding the planet. I suggest... a modest proposal...
  by: spiggy   06/04/2010 07:04 PM     
Killing humans is a mortal sin, killing wales is just human nature.

Plus the Japanese arn´t killing all the whales, just the ones that fit in sushi rolls.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/05/2010 01:42 AM     
"Killing humans is a mortal sin, killing wales is just human nature."

Humans have killed humans since before man ever encountered the first whale. It´s just human nature, and it´s been human nature since before your ´God´ was dreamed up as a way to control people.

On a side note, either you´re trolling, or you´re thinking with your colon rather than your head.
  by: StarShadow     06/05/2010 03:04 AM     
Wrong... i am on cold & flu medication... so my thoughts are just a little skewed. Either way i wasn´t being serious.

Japan hunts mostly Minke whales... they have a quota of under 1000 a year, it is estimated that over 500,000 Minke whales exist in the wild.
Extinction isn´t an issue at the rate of whaling at present.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/05/2010 03:40 AM     
  @(Mostly) Everyone  
You realize if Japan stops fishing whales, that´s just one less offense for all of you overly-privileged white kids to act indignant over, right? I hate to think of how boring all of your lives are going to be once you ´fix´ the world.
  by: crazywumbat   06/05/2010 04:10 AM     
Who was it that grounded a ship on the reefs recently?
  by: mcink2   06/05/2010 04:40 AM     
  by: shiftyfarker   06/05/2010 09:41 AM     
Actually, according to my research the current Minke population could be over 1 million. With that in mind I´m not against whaling for this species, as long as it´s done responsibly. Japan does need to be honest about their program, I don´t think anyone buys their claim of research.
  by: StarShadow     06/05/2010 04:49 PM     
Unless you can make an intelligent comment that has to do with the topic at hand, rather than attacking people, I suggest you piss off and go troll somewhere else.
  by: StarShadow     06/05/2010 04:51 PM     
I was trying to give a super conservitive estimate. As for the scientific research it´s the only way that Japan can whale legally... they have potitioned to legalise whaling with quotes are were nocked back.
  by: shiftyfarker   06/05/2010 04:53 PM     
potitioned = petitioned
  by: shiftyfarker   06/05/2010 04:54 PM     
  @ Star  
I believe my comment was very relevant.

I was pointing out the necessity of preserving the ever so delicate balance of the dichotomy between incessant whining and actual action which grounds the existence of our privileged suburban youths. I fully support the comfort inherent in proudly displaying your "Save the [X]" bumbper stickers, and the ´knowledge´ that the $0.99 which you payed for it will make all the difference. However, I would hate to see the myriads of other [action-less] bleeding-hearts be deprived of so noble a cause.
  by: crazywumbat   06/05/2010 08:41 PM     
  I agree with spiggy  
I agree with Spiggy.....
Let´s eat Shifty.......shiftyfarker sushi
  by: veya_victaous     06/07/2010 12:52 AM     
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