Evidence challenges 'humane' whale killing (upsetting pictures)

  1. THE minke's back arches as gracefully as a dolphin's, but it is not about to make a free dive. Instead it is the last struggle of a whale on the end of a Japanese harpoon line.
    The Australian Government has released evidence challenging Japan's claims that its hunt is the most efficient and humane possible. The images show "scientific research" that needed multiple rifle shots to finish off the mammal.
    The Environment Minister, Peter Garrett, said there would be a diplomatic push to end what he said was the charade of scientific whaling, starting at an intersessional meeting of the International Whaling Commission next month.
    As the customs ship Oceanic Viking's mission to gather evidence against whaling is extended in the Antarctic, the Government is being urged to fulfil its threat to take legal action against Japan.
    A sequence of images taken by customs officers was released yesterday showing harpooned minkes, including two hauled up the stern ramp of the factory ship, Nisshin Maru.
    Media claims that they showed a mother and calf were denied by the Institute of Cetacean Research, which said they were randomly taken sizes. "Both whales were female, and both were not lactating," it said.
    But the images also showed a whale struggling on the end of a harpoon line under the bow of the catcher boat Yushin Maru, and then the same animal lifeless.
    Its head clearly showed entry wounds in a hunt where a high powered rifle is used to finish minkes that are still alive after being hit by an explosive-tipped harpoon.
    "This disputes any notion that whales die instantly, and without suffering," said Darren Kindleysides, campaigns manager for the International Fund for Animal Welfare.
    "It provides further justification for the mission of Oceanic Viking, because this sort of evidence doesn't come to light freely."
    According to the institute, a large proportion of the whales taken are killed instantly. It claims an average time to death for others of less than two minutes.
    Its director-general, Minoru Morimoto, said the Australian Government's photographs, and media reports created dangerous emotional propaganda that could seriously damage relations between the two countries.
    The Home Affairs Minister, Bob Debus, said the images showed the reality of the slaughter, and would help back Australia's argument against whaling in any international court case.
    For the first time, the Government now has its own evidence, should it choose to take whaling to a court such as the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea.
    "There is still time for an
    11th-hour effort on the part of the Australian Government to use international law to halt Japan's 'scientific' whaling program," said Tim Stephens of Sydney University's law faculty. "The tribunal could issue an injunction in as little as 14 days."
    However, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Stephen Smith, said he would consult Japan before any legal action was taken, and Mr Garrett described it as a "potential" component of the anti-whaling campaign.
    "You have to consider the options in legal action, because it's a big step to be taking," Mr Garrett said.
    Almost two months after saying the Government would appoint a special envoy on whale conservation to deal with Japan, a spokesman for Mr Smith said the process was under way.

    Grim catch … … whale bodies are dragged aboard. The whalers said they were not a mother and calf.

    Please try to avoid posting gory/upsetting photos here. There are kids on the forum and we're trying to avoid this. Please read the sticky at the top of the forum that says "read before posting!" Also please remember to post a LINK to your source. Thanks- Roo
  2. I don't mean this to be rude, but if you can still edit your post, I would remove the "upsetting pictures." There's one picture, and that picture is not violent, gory, or excessively disgusting. More often than not, and I say this with all due respect to the moderators, when animal-related stories are labeled as containing "upsetting images" (as with the PETA video which a member reported as violent, when in fact, it was not at all gory or violent), the thread ends up closed whether or not the images were not especially gruesome -- especially to what's been posted here before about other topics, such as say, colonics.

    This is an important issue that needs attention. I hope this one will remain open.
  3. Whalers will always attack the calf because they know that the mother will not abandon her calf. So then they get the mother, too.

    This is freaking tragic and doesn't need to happen. It's incredibly barbaric.
  4. I love whales. =(
  5. Killing is never humane. What the hell is scientific whaling anyways? Just another excuse to slaughter these animals for their resources. Only when these animals become extinct will they end their hunt...even then they will find another game to hunt. It never ends.
  6. aww. thats so sad

    I :heart: whales

    awwie :sad:
  7. Hi all, the topic stays for now, but the pictures do not. We have kids here and Vlad and Megs agree that gory or unusually upsetting pics/topics really have no positive purpose.
  8. Sorry Roo! - Didn't realise.

  9. That's ok!! No problem!