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Justin Ples
Justin Ples

Sorry Jim, I don't see it quite in the same light as you. We don't kill wild pigs, we breed them. That's the major difference here. They're killing wild animals at an alarming rate. It's not just a quick kill either, in comparison with pigs, it's rather long and unhumane.

Jim W.
Jim W.

I see it both ways. 

These large animals seem beautiful and we don't see them every day so we think of them as exotic and rare.  I agree with the comments below that they are "beautiful animals" those "poor creatures".  I am all for tighter restrictions on whaling. 

On the other hand, pigs are docile, relatively speaking, and quite intelligent (ranked higher than dogs), yet most of us don't fuss.  My culture conditioned me to accept eating pigs but not whales.  I'm glad other cultures aren't telling me what I can't eat for a relatively arbitrary reason that the animal is "poor" or "beautiful"

These are the reasons that are being cited in these comments.  Most of us just adore whales more than the animals that we have decided we are willing to eat.

Bottom line is that the Japanese are using an obvious loophole.  Blatantly whaling in the name of science is dishonorable.  This is not becoming of the Japanese of all people. I want to see the loophole closed.

sachin saxena
sachin saxena

Cant say who is innocent ,The killer or who killed by .Need to fallow rules of IWC made against  above cruelty  .

Yvonne F.
Yvonne F.

I have no problem with the natives taking what they need to live. What goes on in parts of the world for seaquariums and "meat" is despicable.

Kai Eiselein
Kai Eiselein

I have no problem with indigenous people hunting in more or less traditional manners.
I do have a problem with commercial whaling.

Darwin Delatado
Darwin Delatado

"There are some countries that eat cows,  and there are other countries that eat whales or dolphins,"... but the difference is that its easier to breed and raise cows and pigs than dolphins and whales... that's where the serious difference lies...  

luke s
luke s

I have a very hard time believing that the Japanese "need" to eat whale and dolphin, there are plenty of other foodstuffs available.

satyanarayana kunda
satyanarayana kunda

abhorrent !! why are they killing those poor animals ? how will it be if we hunt that people

Anthony Evan Gamo
Anthony Evan Gamo

japan... starving? what the... they kill dolphins for pleasure not because they are hungry...

lucia chee
lucia chee

many years ago people hunt these animal because they are hungry. Now, this is 21st century people still doing this evil things ! I am curious to know what these people thinking? 

David Murray
David Murray

I was a recovery swimmer for the Navy during Vietnam ( 1963 - 1966 ) after first coming into contact with Dolphins stating in 1951 Their friendship was always rewarded by befriending me when ever I was in the water.  If they were around when I was in the water helping me in the special ways I could perform my job totally at ease that they were watching my Back.  I did a special Natural mineral work " Ocean Angels" of a group of Bottle nose Dolphins that rescued a group of divers that had been attacked by a great white. after getting the shark to spit up the second swimmer by striking it in the stomach They held the injured two swimmers above water and took them with the remaining swimmers into shore while the remaining members of the group went and killed the great white .  This life saving is done daily world wide even after we being the worse enemies of the members of God creation  do what we do to them.

ArtbyScott Scotty

Rachel M.
Rachel M.

it just makes me wanna cry... why kill such beautiful creatures just for food or sport?

lahari sri
lahari sri

how can such a merciless activity be legal its pathetic that no one stops it

Dietmar Dzieyk
Dietmar Dzieyk

Lew Tolstoi: So long there are slaughter houses, so long there are battle fields.

Me:

So you do with the animals, you will do it with yourselves.

Dietmar Dzieyk
Dietmar Dzieyk

The great Russian poet Lew Tolstoi ( he was vegetarian) has said: „ So long there are slaughter houses, so long there will be battle fields."

My opinion:

The kind the people do with animals, the will do with themselves.

And--------- we are constructed as herbivores

ANIL MANGOOL
ANIL MANGOOL

NOW WHEN HUMANS HAVE BECOME SO ADVANCED IN ALL SPHERES OF HUMAN ACTIVITY,BE IT SCIENCE,POLITICS,TECHNOLOGY ENTERTAINMENT, FARMING, ANIMALHUSBANDRY ITS INHUMANELY SADISTIC AND MURDEROUS THAT PEOPLE STILL KILL WHALES AND OTHER WILDLIFE IN THE GUISE OF HUNTING FOR FOOD.SOCIETY SHOULD REHABILITATE THESE PEOPLE SO THAT WHATEVER WILDLIFE THAT IS NOW LEFT ON OUR PLANET DOESNT BECOME EXTINCT 

will simms
will simms

O MY GOD....i CAN T NOT LOOK AT THIS.....SAD

bernadette brookes
bernadette brookes

why do we not see more documentaries about the brutality capture and slaughter of these cetaceans on your TV channels, with all that is happening in Taiji at this moment in time and the continued torture of them isn't it about time you did more to get the word out there!!!!

Ashley Danielle
Ashley Danielle

Oh my goodness :( This just makes me sick to my stomach!

james harris
james harris

what about the chicken, pork, and beef that you eat?

Yvonne F.
Yvonne F.

@lucia chee These people get SICK eating like us. They need the calories and vitimins found in whale meat. They've been eating it for 10's of thousands of years. They don't kill for profit or trophy, but to survive. Huge difference. I still don't like to see it myself.

james harris
james harris

do you think the same about the chicken,pork,and beef that you eat?

Kai Eiselein
Kai Eiselein

@Dietmar Dzieyk  

Then why do we have canine teeth? Why is the gut of an herbivore much larger?
We are not herbivores, we are omnivores.

Joe Dokes
Joe Dokes

@TRINITY DWAIN Holmes @bernadette brookes: Will you please cease posting this ugly lie? Japan is a prosperous country. Rest assured the killing of these sentient beings is NOT subsistence hunting. It has absolutely NOTHING to do with the hunger of children or anyone else.

 You are simply broadcasting your ignorance to the world.

Adam Yates
Adam Yates

@TRINITY DWAIN Holmes @bernadette brookes give me break "Trinity". This isn't the primitive ages. laws protect these endangered animals. Since humans aren't endangered the answer is f****** yes. I would let their kids go hungry. We are at the top of the food chain because we can adapt and we are smart. These idiots sure as hell can find a way around this.

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