The Fellowship of Life
Ban on Whaling?
Sir, - The International Whaling Commission is to meet in Church
House, Westminster, in July. We think it is wrong for the Church to play
host to whale-killers without making its position clear.
Whaling is very cruel; the exploding harpoon can cause hours of pain
in a whale before death. Whaling is commercially unnecessary, as it
employs only a few people in any country and there are substitutes for
all whale-products. Whaling threatens the extermination of species, and
is therefore to be deplored on scientific and religious grounds.
We call upon the new British Government, when elected, to ban the
import of sperm whale oil. Last year Britain was indirectly responsible
for the slaughter of 2,200 sperm whales, one-fifth of the world catch.
We call upon the government also to demand a ten-year moratorium on the
slaughter of all whales.
We ask Christians to concern themselves a little more with the
question of animal conservation and its theological implications.
Jonathan R. Hopcraft,
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