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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE - May, 2007
Japan To Kill Humpback Whales
Whales Beloved by Millions
- Japan has announced plans to expand its pseudo-scientific whaling to include
humpback whales and finbacks in the South Pacific, despite a torrent of
- 98% of Antarctic Humpbacks have already been wiped out by
- The whales Japan is setting out to hunt are highly endangered and are
individually known in the countries they visit during winter.
- Scientists have identified them individually and millions of tourists
have marveled at them. Now these whales are threatened with a hideously cruel
death by harpoon.
- Humpbacks that visit Australia, New Zealand, French Polynesia, Tonga, Samoa
and South Africa in the winter migrate to the Antarctic in the summer to feed.
It is here that the Japanese intend to hunt theses magnificent
- The Japanese will not be killing random animals, but ones who are known
and loved by many people.
- Whale watching has become a $1 billion industry attracting over 9 million
participants within 87 countries and territories worldwide.
- Whale watching in areas of the southern hemisphere, particularly
Australia and New Zealand, have attracted a massive amount of viewers and
tourists in recent years.
- Economically, in Sydney, Australia alone, the business has made a
significant positive impact, as the Sydney operations are now valued at over
$2,900,000. Whale and dolphin watching contributes close to $120 million to the
New Zealand economy.
- This is an outrage without parallel. The nation that allows the
unspeakable slaughter of thousands of dolphins, that has helped reduce whale
populations to tiny fractions of their former numbers, will now hunt humpback
and fin whales.
PDF of this Fact Sheet.