Friday, March 31, 2017
Perhaps humanity is incapable of saving the environment, and itself along with it. Perhaps our instinct for destruction is so great that we can't help ourselves despite overwhelming evidence that the damage we are doing is irreversible.
On the other hand, whale meat is delicious.
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A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the program in defiance of global criticism.
The fleet set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, with plans to slaughter 333 minke whales, flouting a worldwide moratorium and opposition led by Australia and New Zealand.
The fleet consisted of five ships, three of which arrived in the morning at Shimonoseki port in western Japan, the country's Fisheries Agency said.
In a press release, the agency described the mission as "research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Sea".
But environmentalists and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) call that a fiction and say the real purpose is simply to hunt whales for their meat.
Under the International Whaling Commission (IWC), to which Japan is a signatory, there has been a moratorium on hunting whales since 1986.
Tokyo exploits a loophole allowing whales to be killed for "scientific research" and claims it is trying to prove the population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting.
But it also makes no secret of the fact that whale meat ends up on dinner tables.