For many years, the Japanese were accused of exploiting the ‘scientific whaling’ loophole at the International Whaling Commission (IWC) for the purposes of commercial harvest to satisfy a seemingly insatiable appetite for seafood. But, until now, there was little evidence to support the claim.
Dr. Nick Gales, head of the Australian scientific delegation to IWC says a scientific review of 43 research papers produced in Japan over 18 years revealed “bizarre and strange experiments with sheep and pigs and eggs” such as efforts to inject minke whale sperm into cows eggs to produce test-tube whale babies.
Australia recently argued for the closure of the “scientific research” loophole at an IWC meeting in London. Environment Minister Peter Garrett said the review shows Japan’s real motive for its whaling is commercial.
“I challenge anyone to look at this sort of research and say it’s necessary, to say it requires killing more than 7,000 whales,” he said.
Chile also wants to present a new initiative to combat the practice. Chilean Senato Guido Girardi compared the whaling Japanese research to Nazi human experiments.
Uh-oh, Chile. No more Plasma TVs for you!
Japan, next time, try hippos.