Those in power have always stood to gain from the ignorance of the masses.
Nowhere is this more evident than in regimes of the past who maintained their power by subverting or in more cases suppressing the truth. In this day of freely shared and accessed information, where everyone has an opinion on everything, subversion has become an art form where suppression fails.
Even in the day of the internet, however, suppression of the truth is still business as usual for those who stand to benefit from atrocity.
With this treatise, we intend to educate, and thereby empower the reader with the knowledge of the whaling industry and how our planet continues to suffer as a result of this practice. There are many whose fortunes are riding on the mass killing of some of the oceans oldest and most beautiful creatures, who do not want you to read this article.
Their fear is justified, for in the past when the masses are awakened to the existence of terrible wrong doing, voices of opposition arise to speak out
We will begin by explaining the whaling world in a question and answer style forum.
Before we get into this long debated topic we would like to first thank our friends over at Seattle City Tree Service – seattlecitytreeservice.com. They show genuine concern and always seem to be able to provide an objective view on whaling.
The first question is: How is whaling monitored and who decides this?
Answer: The IWC (International Whaling Commission) is an international committee, whose 89 member nations came together in 1946 to decide what should happen to whales and how whaling should be monitored.
The second question: Is there a ban on international commercial whaling?
Answer: Yes, there is (sort of). In 1986 a group of scientists (who were threatened to keep silent) submitted research that concluded a profound fact: whaling was unsustainable and would lead to the subsequent extinction of whales worldwide. This led the IWC to vote in a Moratorium to ban commercial whaling, allowing the world’s whale population to recover from hundreds of years of unregulated slaughter.
And it would seem like all is well after this ruling doesn’t it?
A wave of people in the 80’s (some of whose voices were those of the scientists who did the research indicating the whale populations were in rapid decline) began a crusade whose cry became a “meme” of that era. “Save the Whales!”
But it seemed after this Moratorium was passed by the IWC (seen at the time as a governing body of heroes, and the most successful international body to make worldwide changes since the founding of the United Nations) that the voices of those who were concerned quieted and forgot to pay attention.
You can be sure those who stood (and stand) to profit from whaling were waiting for the noise to die down and for ignorance to take hold again, allowing for those who seek profit from death to find themselves in the fiscal black once more.
Next question: If there is a ban on commercial whaling, which countries are breaking the ban and how are they able to continue?
Answer: Norway, one of the places where whaling was perfected in centuries now passed, is allowed to continue commercial whaling under a very strangely worded “objection” to the IWC’s convention rules.
Want to understand how Norway and other countries has a free pass from these rules?
Follow the money.
When the IWC Moratorium was signed into international law, Norway launched a small, “scientific” whaling expedition (under the auspices of scientific study). The IWC granted Norway, the only member country to ask for an exception to the ban, and objection, allowing them the study for the proposed benefits that the “scientific” hunt would provide.
Ten years later, after the voices of concern grew quiet, Norway announced that it would resume whaling once more under the same objection that allowed the country to whale for (supposedly) scientific reasons.
Norway self-imposed a “quota” on the number of whales they would kill for commercial whaling purposes, but this number means very little in direct comparison to the known whale populations worldwide. Who stands to profit from this? More than just Norway.
Iceland, also a founding member of the IWC, left the commission in 1996 but rejoined a decade later under a “reservation” which seems terribly convenient. This so-called reservation allows Iceland to continue whaling with near impunity, despite other IWC member’s objections.
Japan, however, stands at the top for commercial whaling. The Land of the Rising Sun seems to have used Norway’s tactic of whaling under supposedly scientific exception, and enjoys the sale of hundreds of metric tons per year of whale blubber and other things produced as a result of commercial whaling.
This “loophole” has allowed Japan to be the top producing commercial whaler in the world, whose whaling ships have darted in and out of Antarctica’s waters to kill entire pods at a time.
Next Question: How many whales have been hunted and killed since the IWC’s Moratorium was signed into international law, effectively (supposedly) banning commercial whaling?
Answer: More than 36,000 whales have met their death at the end a commercial whaler’s harpoon since the Moratorium was passed by the IWC in 1986. And those are only the numbers that are reported.
With the illegal whaling industry flying largely under the radar since then, the total of whales killed since the ban is estimated by many experts to possibly exceed 100,000, the majority of which are believed to originate in either Japan or the South China Sea.
Of the more than 36,000 whales killed for commercial reasons (despite the smokescreen of the active whaling countries supposed scientific study), Japan counts for over 2/3 of the commercially killed whales.
Next Question: Has the trend in global climate change affected worldwide whale populations, and does the IWC consider this in how they consider sanctions against whalers?
Answer: Global climate changed has certainly has an impact on whale populations worldwide. A great many species of cetacean frequent sub-arctic or arctic waters for breeding and other reasons. These regions have been in decline for years (another fact you won’t find much press on) which have changed the migrations and behaviors of whales of many types.
Unfortunately, this issue has largely gone un-addressed by the way the IWC conducts itself regarding commercial whaling (which, of course, only make things worse).
The problem isn’t in global climate change as much as it is in the IWC’s lack of action against nations who blatantly break the ban on commercial whaling under the scientific study smokescreen.
Question: Is commercial whaling a big enough business to be a real threat to cetacean populations?
Answer: Beyond a doubt. Icelandic whalers for example export some 50% of their whale meat to Japan, while using the remaining to…feed the Icelandic people?
No! Much of the meat is contaminated by pollutants and is therefore unusable for human consumption!
So what do they use it for? Whale meal. That’s right, a ground up meal that is exported (again) to countries like Denmark where it’s used to feed pigs and other animals.
Japanese whalers are the ones who stand to make the most from commercial whaling, with high profit margins on exports to South China sea islanders and other areas.
Conclusion: Commercial whaling continues to this day, despite the IWC’s Moratorium (which at this point is a joke) which is supposed to ban commercial whaling.
This whaling (both the sanctioned “scientific” and the illegal kind) continues to deplete the ocean’s waters of these creatures for profit.
The IWC MUST be reconvened and new rules put in place if the whales still alive will not be as extinct as the dinosaurs.