Whaling in Japan
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