Suddenly we hear the appalling news that Japan is to resume the killing of whales. This is despite global pleas in print media and by TV documentaries by well-known conservationist David Attenborough.
Referring to the Japanese resumption of commercial whaling, the practice appears contrary to its supposed sensitivity towards nature. Is this truly a renewal for research, or is Japan loading its harpoons just to satisfy the demands of wealthy Japanese who want nothing more than to devour whale steaks?
Blue whales are now being decimated by large ships along the Sri Lankan trading coastline where the government, backed by Chinese investors at the ports of Colombo and Hambantota, are failing to extend the busy shipping lane by a mere 15km, which would protect the whales, according to a report in Britain's The Times.
During the five years between 1952 and 1957, 38 students from the University of Natal went south to the Antarctic on the Abraham Larsen factory ship. In 1955 at the age of 21, I was employed for four months by the Union Whaling Co as a bone puller.