Tuesday, May 27, 2014

What are we doing to protect the Whales

Despite the 1986 IWC ban on commercial whaling, some countries refuse to end their whaling operations. Especially Japan, Norway and Iceland.
It is our global responsibility to protect whales for future generations. If whaling continues without a rigorous and robust management scheme, many whale species could become extinct within our lifetime. 
Despite the low number of many Whale populations, whaling continues. About 30,000 whales have been killed by commercial and ‘scientific’ whalers since 1986 when the IWC’s moratorium on commercial whaling came into effect. Alarmingly, the number of species hunted continues to grow, with Japan and Norway all having recently expanded their whaling programmes. The number of whales killed annually has increased from 556 in 1993 to over 1,853 in 2006.
Norway objected to the moratorium so is not legally bound by it, and resumed commercial whaling in 1993. Norway awards itself an annual quota of North Atlantic minke whales, set at over 1,000 whales for the 2007 season, and is considering killing even more in future. 
Japan agreed to the moratorium, but in 1987 began exploiting a loophole in the IWC Convention which permits lethal ‘scientific’ whaling, selling the majority of the produce. Japan’s expanding ‘scientific research’ programmes kill about 1,000 whales each year, including whales in the IWC’s Southern Ocean Sanctuary. 
Iceland resumed ‘scientific’ whaling in 2003, exploiting the same loophole as Japan, and intends to kill 200 minke whales in 2007. In defiance of the moratorium, Iceland resumed commercial whaling in 2006, planning to kill 39 whales, including nine ‘endangered’ fin whales in 2006/7.  Iceland’s action has been strongly condemned internationally, with 25 countries plus the European Commission – together representing over one billion people – issuing a formal protest.
Some the below images will make you sick to your guts and i only wonder are those humans or fucking devils in human skins, killing hundreds of whales every summer just because they consider it a part of their culture and history. 

Whaling in the Faroe islands in the North Atlantic has been practiced since about the time of the first Norse settlements on the islands. Animal-rights groups criticize the hunt as being cruel and unnecessary. As of the end of November 2008 the chief medical officers of the Faroe Islands have recommended that pilot whales no longer be considered fit for human consumption because of the level of mercury in the whales.
But these uncalled for killings continue and if something is not done to stop this idiocity soon. The only God help these poor creatures to see the light of the day in the Future.

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