I usually try to keep things local around here, but some things are too important/cute/interesting to ignore. Japan is reportedly using $29 million of the $230 billion specified for disaster relief to fund the annual whaling hunt. You can see the article here. It mentions that a lot of the money is going towards building up their security efforts. Apparently they have a lot of problems with Sea Shepherd. Sea Shepherd is a non-profit whose mission is “to end the destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in order to conserve and protect ecosystems and species.” According to the HuffPo article, a Sea Shepherd boat was sunk after its bow was taken off during a collision with a whaling ship. And who needs the security? I think that’s kind of crazy, but what do you all think? After reading the article, do you find those expenditures justified or necessary? How about the funds for security?
Visit Sea Shepherd’s website here.