In "," a Tapestry of Faith program
Use your established opening ritual.
Share these pieces from, respectively, the Greenpeace USA website and the website of the Japan Whaling Association:
From Greenpeace USA:
Each year the Japanese whaling fleet hunts hundreds of whales (many endangered species included) in the name of "science." That's right, the Japanese government has been using a loophole in international law to continue commercial whaling under the pretext of research. And this season, Japan has announced plans to hunt a total of 1,035 whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary alone (935 minkes, 50 endangered fin and 50 endangered humpbacks).
Japan hunts whales in the Antarctic and the North Pacific under the guise of "scientific research." However, the whale meat is packaged for sale in restaurants and supermarkets in Japan, and even included in school lunch programs there. And the Fisheries Agency of Japan freely admits that the objective of the "research" whaling program is to restore full-scale commercial whaling. So the commercial nature of Japan's whaling operation is undeniable.
From the Japan Whaling Association:
We endeavor after the revival and sound development of the whaling industry by collecting, studying, and clarifying various types of information about whaling, and by planning and implementing various measures for resuming whaling.
We are concerned about people having the wrong perception of whaling because of the lack of information and the biased information spread by some environmental organization. Through this home page, we try to provide correct information about whaling, and hope to have as many people as possible understand whaling correctly.
Alternately, watch an episode of the television series Whale Wars. Preview the episode to make sure it is appropriate for youth.
Use a closing ritual you created earlier. Or, extinguish the chalice and share this prayer:
We humbly ask the Universe (or fill in your choice) to create SAFETY, FREEDOM and SANCTUARY for ALL the WHALES in ALL the OCEANS NOW. Hear our prayers for the whales' survival and their right to exist. Open the minds and hearts of the World Leaders who govern our nations to the cries of the whale nations. Remind all humans of our obligations to future generations both human and non-human.
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Last updated on Thursday, October 27, 2011.
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