Tuesday, June 24, 2008


In the story the BBC has just put out about the presentation we did with several organizations yesterday about fish and whales interactions at the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), Dan Goodman [one of the leading characters of Japan's whaling programme] is reported as saying that "Japan had never said that whales were the cause of declining fish stocks". According to the BBC, Goodman "also dismisses as an absurd allegation and a gross misrepresentation the notion that Japan can be held responsible for how African countries address overfishing in their waters".

However, I took [with permission] this photo of a pro-whaling propaganda poster a few months ago in the office of a leading member of the Japanese Diet in Tokyo. It shows a hungry whale eating all the fish in the world. When I see Dan this morning, I must remind him that he ought to recall these posters.

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