I want to issue a challenge. Not to the whalers, but to all the organizations such as Friends of the Earth that fought so hard to achieve the moratorium on commercial whaling to revisit that victory and see what the current challenge to the moratorium means for the environmental movement.
I once interviewed a senior bureaucrat in the Japanese Far Sea's Fisheries Department about his role and Japan's addiction to whaling. What struck me was that whilst he personally was a vocal representative of the Japanese Government on whaling, often being interviewed and actually outspoken in his opinions, when I switched off the interview tape and asked him his personal views, he sighed and told me he thought that the whole things was the biggest waste of time for Japan.
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