I was very pleased to see today's ruling of the International Court of Justice, which condemns Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean. Japan has previously indicated to follow the ICJ's ruling, and according to their promise, they should not send their whaling fleet down south next (southern) summer.
I remember having set up a signature collection run in the eighties, especially targeting Japan's practice of poaching whales under the disguise of researching them. More than 10.000 whales have been killed, if follow animal rights activitists, more than 15.000. It's pretty clear that without the intervention of these activists, many more whales would have been killed. All this "research" has produced two papers have of questionable significance, while the same research results could have been gotten from non-fatal research. It was never denied that most of the whale meat ended up in supermarkets and restaurants.
I've been watching some of the hearings of the court when they were conducted a few months back, and I must say it felt quite good to see the "researchers" having to justify themselves. They could not, and they've lost the case.
I am hopeful, but wary, that this ruling puts a nail in the coffin of whaling in the Southern ocean, but at the same time, destruction of the oceans and its inhabitants is continuing at full speed. It's a battle won, but not the war.
One organisation which deserves special thanks for tirelessly keeping this issue in the public mind, +Sea Shepherd
. Much respect and many thanks to the guys and gals who risk their lives protecting ocean wildlife.
There's one thing that everybody can do to protect the oceans a little, it's very easy: Do not eat tuna. Tuna are among the central pieces in marine ecosystems and they're threatened. While many argue that all fish (and perhaps all animals) should be protected from humans, the least we can do is not slash the population of the most endangered species. In other words: If you would like to be able to eat tuna in 20 years, stop eating it today.