For a country that’s positively gaga over cute, cuddly things, Japan seems awfully determined to harpoon, blow-up, and otherwise blast peaceful whales to kingdom come.
Ok, whales may not be cuddly (even a newborn whale calf could crush you), but they can be cute – baleen, barnacles, flukes and all. At the very least they are almost totally harmless to humans.
Still, for 2008, Japan’s Whale Research Agency has approved the hunt and “study” of more than a thousand whales, many coming from “vulnerable” and “endangered” species.
In face of mounting criticism from many countries, and from environmental-protection groups such as Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd, Japan remains adamant to pursue its self-declared “right” to hunt whales. Like the few other countries currently engaged in commercial whaling, Japan, too, has its reasons, officials say.
Siya sige… magdasal na lang tayo na hindi maisipan ng mga whales na mag “scientific research” naman tungkol sa mga tao 🙂