Hi. Finally, I decided to show up here, Thomas. Sorry, it took me so long... Let me introduce myself for all of you. I am Japanese. While I was in the US, I wrote a research paper on whaling. (See my paper if you have an interest: >>> http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Styx/9189/whaligcon.html) So, I am very interested in this issue. To discuss about whaling, you have to know the facts that is backed up by scientific studies, not tricky facts propagated by anti-whaling activists. Facts: 1. Because of some whale species are increasing, fishermen in the Indian Ocean, the sea around Japan, Caribbean Sea, and Norwegian Sea cannot take fish as much as they want. This is a very recent situation. Whales are eating fish or baby fish as well as plankton. Whole whale species eat more than 280 billion tons of fish a year. Please compare the amount with 90 billion tons of a fish catch a year in the whole world. Don't you think it's a threat for people in the world? This causes ecological imbalance in the ocean and would soon cause severe shortage of marine food resources. Whaling is not only a matter of whaling nations vs. anti-whaling nations. This issue is a matter of whole people who consume marine and also land stock. (by a reference of Masayuki Komatsu's book "We Can Eat Whale Meat!" Mr. Komatsu is a Director for International Negotiations, International Affairs Division of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of Japan.) 2. Do you know why major hamburger shops' hamburgers are so cheap? Where does its meat come from? Have you ever thought about it? Major hamburger companies raise cattle with cutting down the enormous amount of trees in the Amazon or other areas in North America. In other words, they make vast area for the cattle with collapsing the environment, then they can supply enormous amount of meat. This enables major hamburger producers to supply hamburgers so cheap. Did you know your food is by the sacrifice of the environment of the earth? On the other hand, whale stock is abundant. IWC's Scientific Committee acknowledged it in 1991 and 1992. Nature raises the whales, so there is any destruction to raise whales. Therefore, we can take whale meat without any environmental destruction. Whale meat is an alternative to the meat of land stock. Whale meat is superb. It really tastes good, too. 3. YOU SHOULD REALLY KNOW THIS >>> IWC's Charter says its twin goals are "to provide for the conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry." IWC is banning whaling now, so it is breaking its law by itself. 4. Japanese fleet for scientific research is LEGAL as you know. Japan has a permit to conduct research whaling authorized by the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling. They take only a little whales that never extinct. And the money they make is used only for another researches. Do you know how much it costs for research whaling to the Antarctic Ocean? They don't get profit. To let you recognize how huge it costs, the following report will help you to be convinced. Biological Samples and Balance Sheets ..... Simon Ward, published by ICR (1992) (* ICR = The Institute of Cetacean Research) http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_intro.html http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_play.html http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_keep.html http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_money.html >>> Watch Out!! http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_verdict.html >>> Watch Out!! http://luna.pos.to/whale/icr_bio_f.html *** My Ultimate Question >>> Why anti-whaling countries do not want whaling countries take even a whale? Why they are so persistent? Whale stock is abundant and they don't have to protest against the whaling of the abundant whale stock. *** For Tomoko >>> I really loved whale meat in our school lunch. It was not soup but fried whale meat with miso paste and sesame covering. It was delicious!!! *** Please refer to the following web sites. They will supply you a lot of valuable facts that you maybe don't know. http://luna.pos.to/whale/ http://www.highnorth.no/ http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Styx/9189/whali_ja.html >>> This is for Japanese. http://www.geocities.com/Athens/Styx/9189/whaligcon.html >>> This is my research paper.