Japanese harpoon whaling talks


The first harpoon of this year’s whaling season has been fired, and it was shot by Japanese Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada. Like the grenade-tipped harpoons his whalers shoot in the Antarctic, it left its target bloodied and flailing. Still alive, but barely. Okada’s weapon was his words, and his hit was on peace talks that were hoped to bridge the global whaling divide. Now the question is: how can countries like Australia honestly keep these International Whaling Commission talks going?

See: http://www.theage.com.au/opinion/politics/japanese-harpoon-whaling-talks-20091214-krv7.html; Rein in whale hunt activists, Japan’s PM tells Rudd; 16/12/09; http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/rein-in-whale-hunt-activists-japans-pm-tells-rudd-20091216-kuu3.html