Japan, International Whaling Commission, Southern Ocean discussed on PRI's The World

PRI's The World


Yeah. The whales got beamed up. Don't remember. Well, it's an old movie from the eighties. I can't believe I said anyway, the film reminded us that whale hunting still goes on in some parts of the world Japan. For instance, they argue it's part of their culture today. In fact, Japan announce it plans to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission. They're the ones that regulate global wailing. So I was a little surprised today. When I spoke with Paul Watson, founder of the marine conservation groups see shepherd, and he said this about Japan's announcement, I think it's a positive development. And it means that Japan is openly saying that they're going that commercially whaling when they've been doing that all along under the guise research whaling, but it by openly saying this they can no longer kill whales in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary. So that's a big for us. I mean that is a somewhat surprising answer coming from. You are are you centrally saying that by backing out of the International Whaling Commission. Japan is basically going to be more transparent about. What it's doing what Japan has now declared that they're going to be commercially wailing, which is what they've been doing but denying all along. So yes, that makes it a lot easier for us to oppose them because even though the international court of Justice ruled against Japan's project research whaling, they continue to do it. Anyway, remind us what nations is still hunt whales in what will Japan's decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission mean to this country's while it push them to abandon treaties as well Iceland. Norway have been blatantly killing whales for commercial purposes of despite the item, you see Japan will just simply be joining their ranks without the this bogus justification of research wailing. So it puts them in the same category. But what it will mean for the International Whaling Commission is that it will no longer be stymied. By the the boats that the Japanese continue to buy every year to block every conservation effort. So at the the meeting of the IDC in Brazil just recently this year. The idea of C said, no, we're not going to entertain the idea of commercial whaling anymore. And that's why Japan is looking at getting out of the IDC and just going ahead and doing what Iceland Norway or doing. What does this decision actually mean for the number of whales killed into the future? And what's it going to mean for conservation efforts? That sounds like it could be kind of unpredictable. Well, it's going to be great for the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary and the south Atlantic wheel sanctuary and the entire southern hemisphere. No whales will be killed in the southern hemisphere. They will intend to kill whales in their own waters like Norway Iceland, do right now. And of course, we will oppose that. But this development is really good from the point of view of whale conservation. What does Japan do with whale flesh these days? I mean is it eaten is it used for energy? Like oil got thousands of tons of it stockpiled in their refrigerated warehouses, which isn't used its various a highly subsidized industry..

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