The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) is disappointed that Japan’s whaling fleet is reportedly planning a return to Antarctica later this year to kill more whales for its dying market.
Reports are saying that whaling will continue with around $27 million in government security budget to protect the fleet.
IFAW opposes whaling because it is cruel and unnecessary. According to IFAW scientists, whales can take more than half an hour to die. The organization is suggesting that whale watching even offers humane and profitable alternative to whaling, aside from generating around $2.1 billion annually for coastal communities.
Patrick Ramage, Director of IFAW’s Global Whale Program, said:
“If true as reported, this decision doesn’t change the basic facts: whaling is an economic loser that makes no more sense for post-tsunami Japan than it did before the tragedy. The government bureaucrats are throwing good money after bad to pursue whales in a sanctuary.”
IFAW is urging Japan to reconsider its decision to continue whaling in defiance of global opposition and several international laws.
Would you join IFAW in urging the Japanese government to abandon whaling?