Whal­ing in Ja­pan

BBC Wildlife Magazine - - Our Wild World -

Like Mark Carwardine (My way of think­ing, March 2019), I was deeply sad­dened by Ja­pan’s de­ci­sion to leave the In­ter­na­tional Whal­ing Com­mis­sion, even though they have shown lit­tle re­spect to the or­gan­i­sa­tion over the years. For too long, cul­ture has been an ex­cuse for in­ex­cus­able an­i­mal cru­elty. Blood-thirsty peo­ple, not rep­re­sent­ing the ma­jor­ity of peo­ple in their na­tions, are risk­ing the loss of iconic species. Cul­ture is a mask for killing whales in Ja­pan, but also for hunt­ing in Africa, bull­fight­ing in Spain, and blood sports closer to home! These peo­ple do not need to kill an­i­mals, they choose to for profit and for their ego. Kirsty Cartin, via email

In re­sponse to Mark Carwardine’s ar­ti­cle on Ja­pan’s de­ci­sion to start com­mer­cial whal­ing, I would like an in­ter­na­tional naval task force, with UN back­ing, to pro­tect these gen­tle giants and, as cam­paign­ers have been de­mand­ing since the sev­en­ties, stop the whal­ing!

How­ever, I be­lieve this will not hap­pen, so per­haps we should ab­stain from Ja­panese goods, trade and tourism un­til they re­verse this di­a­bol­i­cal de­ci­sion. As we are about to leave the EU, might I sug­gest that the UK makes a uni­lat­eral dec­la­ra­tion to boy­cott Ja­panese goods and pro­tect the whales from the war that is about to be un­leashed against them! John B Wadsworth, via email

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