UN Court calls bullshit on Japan’s whaling program! »
Image from Greenpeace.
Yay! The International Court of Justice has ordered a temporary halt on Japan’s annual whale slaughter! The UN Court does not think the program is truly in the name of science (screw science anyway, save all the whales!). And according to BBC, Japan said it will honor the ruling.
Reading a summary of the judgment, presiding Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia said that the present “research program,” dating to 2005, has involved the killing of 3,600 minke whales and a number of fin whales, but that its “scientific output to date appears limited.” The ruling suggested instead that Japan’s whaling hunt served political and economic reasons.
Lawyers attending the proceedings said there was a gasp in the audience when Judge Tomka ordered Japan to immediately “revoke all whaling permits” and not issue any new ones under the existing program.
AWESOME! Let’s hope it sticks!!!
A final note from Captain Alex Cornelissen of the deservedly proud Sea Shepherd Global:
Though Japan’s unrelenting harpoons have continued to drive many species of whales toward extinction, Sea Shepherd is hopeful that in the wake of the ICJ’s ruling, it is whaling that will be driven into the pages of the history books.
Happy World Water Day! Now stop eating cows! »
That’s right guys, it’s World Water Day! The UN’s focus this year is on food security, so they are actually talking about meat and water consumption!:
Statistics say that each of us drinks from 2 to 4 litres of water every day, however most of the water we ‘drink’ is embedded in the food we eat: producing 1 kilo of beef for example consumes 15,000 litres of water while 1 kilo of wheat ’drinks up’ 1,500 litres.
What an interesting twist to the typical absence of food choices in the water conversation. OneDrop.org even has a super fun game we can all play! You get to virtually make up a plate of food and it tells you how much water it would use. SO FUN. No, actually, it is pretty fun. Don’t ask me why. I SAID DON’T ASK ME!
How will you be celebrating World Water Day? I’m going to do my part by eating no meat and no eggs or dairy. And I won’t shower or do my dishes. Basically, it’s Thursday.