A few weeks ago someone said that 3,000 whales a year are being killed. Morons have repeated it ever since as evidence that the moratorium is failing.
The reality is that it is the quotas that total 3,000. The number they kill is far less. About 1500 and not rising.
Why is this important? Because we’re about to be sold a pup by the pro-whaling National Party.
See, John Key is happy to reintroduce commercial whaling. He can’t do that unless he can come to the New Zealand public and say ‘doing this will reduce whaling’.
Japan’s pretty keen to get commercial whaling permitted again too. Knows it can up the kills in the long-run if it wants. In the short-term it’s willing to give its ally Key a hand.
Keyword: Quota. Not kills. Quota.
Japan never kills its whole self-proclaimed quota of whales. This year it only killed 440 of the 935 on its quota. Can slash its quota and not kill one less whale.
I can see it now. Key getting off the plane from Kyoto. Waving a piece of paper in his hand. Proclaiming ‘reduced quotas in our time’.
The media will lap it up. They don’t know the difference between quota and kills.
They’ll probably carry Key from the tarmac on their shoulders.
And not a single whale will be saved.
Update: A deal is due to be announced at the IWC today. Anti-whaling groups are organising a snap protest at Parliament, today at 12. Be there.