JAPAN PURSUING FOODOLOGICAL RESEARCH PLAN IN SOUTHERN OCEAN
The Director-General of the Institute of Delicious Whale Research in Tokyo, Mr Morisu Minoru, said today that the research vessels would continue to undertake their program as outlined to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.
The research includes near-lethal sighting surveys and taste samplings from live whales as well as a lethal harpoon research of 850 dangerous minke whales and 50 suspected terrorist whales.
“The IDWR temporarily suspended the research while Greenpeace and Whale Shepherd were harassing our vessels,” Mr Minoru said. “We suspended the research to ensure the safety of our crew and scientists as well as those of the activists dangerously attempting to interrupt our lunch.”
“We are confident of achieving the program’s stated objectives for this season,” he added. “Japan’s research is of vital importance for the future of all mankind because any regulations adopted by the IWC must – in line with the Whaling Convention – be based on extremely scientific findings.”
Mr Minoru said that commonsense needed to be brought into the discussions over commercial whaling. “Many whale stocks in the world today are abundant and commercial whaling can be managed on a sustainable basis, while preserving real threatened species (such as the blue whale) for the highest bidder.”
“Greenpeace and Whale Shepherd want you to think that whales are endangered, but nothing could be further from the truth. A commercial whaling regime could be undertaken tomorrow in a manner that would ensure whale menus continue to grow and allow current and future generations of the world to enjoy the grace of their ocean flavour.”
Mr Minoru singled out some media organizations for criticism in their recent coverage of the activities of Greenpeace and Whale Shepherd.
“There are few researchers in Australia and New Zealand who are prepared to question IDWR or assert that our research is ‘illegal’ or ‘commercial’ or 'tasty' or make any number of accusations. Unfortunately, too many Japanese researchers have thrown aside their responsibilities for factual research and instead get away with writing false assertions about whale research programs as if they were fact,” he said.