WSPA Appalled At Japanese Whale Hunting Expansion
Official Statement Issued By World Society For The Protection Of Animals (Wspa) In Response To Japanese Expansion Of Whale Hunting
“WSPA is appalled at what is essentially the ratcheting up of the inherently cruel and unecessary practice of whaling. There is no need for scientific whaling, lest of all to hunt and kill in the name of research. We call on the international community to condemn this move by Japan to increase the level of whaling which is quite simply inhumane. A comprehensive report, titled ‘Troubled Waters’ provides hard scientific evidence into the welfare implications of modern whaling activities and supports what we have long believed that these highly evolved mammals experience extreme trauma and suffering in the hunt and kill process. Prolonged suffering means that whales take over 2 minutes to die after a direct strike by a harpoon and in many cases have been reported as still being alive more than one hour after the harpoon has struck. The continuation of this barbaric practice is simply unacceptable in the modern world, let alone the increasing of what WSPA regards as an inherently cruel practice.”
Philip Lymbery. Director of Global Communications World Society for the Protection of Animals
The whale has no natural predators and the active pursuit and slaughter of whales forces them to undertake a degree of exertion for which it is not evolutionarily adapted.
The whale also has a number of physiological and anatomical peculiarities that further compound welfare issues.
WSPA believe that there is sufficient evidence to campaign for a halt to all whaling on the grounds of welfare alone.