Return-path: <JMikeWill@aol.com> Received: from mail02.mail.aol.com by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HRY0RGU6M8005JIM@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Tue, 20 Jun 1995 22:10:23 -0500 (EST) Received: by mail02.mail.aol.com (188.8.131.52/16.2) id AA013190924; Tue, 20 Jun 1995 22:15:24 -0400 Date: Tue, 20 Jun 1995 22:15:24 -0400 From: JMikeWill@aol.com Subject: Case Study: Whaling NEAH BAY, Wash To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <email@example.com> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT --------------------- Forwarded message: From: firstname.lastname@example.org (Jose Truda Palazzo Jr. (Pres.Dir. Nacional)) Sender: MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET (Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion) Resent-from: WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG Reply-to: MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET (Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion) To: MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET (Multiple recipients of list MARMAM) Date: 95-06-20 10:59:45 EDT During the Whaling Comission Meeting in Dublin, which I attended, there was widespread rumour in the hallways that the Makah claim to "whaling rights"had more to do with the "tribal leaders" links with timber sales to Japan than with any legitimate tradition. As to reaffirm this hypothesis, the Makah representative was attended frequently by wildlife-consumption lobbyists. Whetehr this is the case is something the US environmentalists will have to check. The Makah episode exposes an old wound in the flank of the US anti-whaling movement which is the irresponsible, almost criminal agreement to let the "poor Eskimos" take the endangered bowheads in exchange for an anti-commercial whaling position from the Government. It is clear in my mind after all these (11) years at the Whaling Comission that the eskimo "need" for killing bowheads is false, and that the state-of-the-art technology utilized to hunt the animals are totally dismissive of the "tradition" invoked to justify the slaughter. Alas, it seems that Barrow, as a "whaling" village, is also a bit too modern according to some reports I;'ve hear at the Dublin meeting. So, here the issue of fake "tradition", left in peace for years, threatens to spread along the Us West Coast. I wonder whether it would be time for my fellow environmentalists up there to start paying some attention eg to the Brazilian Comissioner at the Whaling Comission who has disputed the "aboriginal" claims for years - only to be greeted by deaf ears from the so-calledenvironmental NGOs. Flames are welcome regarding the above comments. It was about time to address this issue around here! Cheers, J.