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December 23, 2007

I'm testing to see whether things are working on thoughtfactory after the Movable Type upgrade. I've been having problems uploading images on junk for code. So I thought that I'd try uploading an image here as a test.

Minkewhale.jpg Matt Golding

Whales have been in the news a lot in Australia. So I thought that I'd publish Golding's comment.

Kumi Kato in The Age says:

The claim by the Japanese Government that whale meat is part of Japanese culture is true in that it existed in this small-scale, community-based coastal whaling similar to the hunts of indigenous groups such as the Makah and Inuit, but this is, in my opinion, clearly separate from the large-scale industrial whaling conducted on the high seas.If the Government is seriously committed to the maintenance of cultural tradition, the priority would be on the sustainable livelihood practices of coastal community fisheries, which may include a very limited number of whale hunts. It is human arrogance to assume harvest of any natural resource as a right but, if an inherent cultural right is to be granted to anyone, it would be the coastal communities.
Another argument Japan makes in favour of whaling is that it is for scientific research. Simply, if research destroys a species it should not be carried out, and if research is necessary to improve the ecological wellbeing of a species every effort must be made to minimise the impact of the research.

| Posted by Gary Sauer-Thompson at 7:21 AM |