Once again Japan tries to outwit the International Whaling Commission by producing yet another ‘scientific plan’ to show that killing the large marine mammals would be sustainable. It is a fact that Japan permits the whalemeat to enter its luxury food market. My burning question is: “In how many other fields of science do your scientific experimental animals get eaten?” I doubt there are many.
Image: A newly born confiscated smuggled pangolin accompanied by its mother shortly after giving birth, in Bangkok, Thailand. Photograph: RUNGROJ YONGRIT/RUNGROJ YONGRIT/epa/Corbis
How such deliberate cruelty can be handled – and more importantly – prevented in the future? What has to be done to get the message through to these people that the targets of their delicacy are living creatures with feelings?