The article also repeats the nonsense that the Japanese "scientific research" is used by and supported by the International Whaling Commission. The research is not used by the Commission, who conduct their own non-lethal research, and every time the issue of the Japanese abuse of the ‘scientific research' law has been voted on at the Commission the Japanese have lost. It is of course a farce that the IWC decided not to have votes at this years meeting in Chile, and a disgrace that Australia went along with it (in the cause of reducing controversy and conflict ! !)

The annual slaughter is a deep embarrassment to many Japanese and a blight on a nation that makes so many positive contributions to the world.

Yours sincerely,

Ian Campbell
International Advisory Board
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

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