• Akita


The Feb. 19 article “Muted response to whaling halt likely” — about the whaling efforts of the Japanese being blocked — is good news. I would have had more sympathy for the Japanese if they just admitted that their whaling is not for scientific research, but rather for commercial reasons. That would be respectable.

To persist with the argument that whaling is for scientific purposes is pathetic, and Japanese whaling officials should be ashamed of themselves. That said, I also did not agree with some of the ghetto-thuglike tactics used by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. Endangering lives is no way to go about protesting. Do the ends justify the means in this case?

wayne malcolm

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