Sports from the past week.
Past sports article for the week of 6/30/05
Japan Considering Sport Whaling
By, Grey Sports
Having resoundingly lost their bid to have commercial whaling legalized
Japan has started looking at new strategies to provide excuses for hunting
Though Japanese officials claim that they are not trying to find loop
holes and excuses people around the world just aren’t that stupid.
Okay, some of them are, the rest are probably desperate as there are already
a slew of product manufacturers looking to have their logos and brands
plastered across whaling boats to increase product visibility.
This is the latest in a long line of tactics ranging from the relatively
straight forward argument of culture, of a tradition of eating whale meat,
to the somewhat strange “the whales started it” argument that had involved
ad campaigns that were turned into “When Whales Attack”, to the outright
ridiculous idea that it was all to aid the helpless, victimized penguins.
Nevertheless Japan has started its argument in full force, expecting it
to be legalized
at the next Whaling Commission meeting, a move most analysts predict could
lead to the legalization of commercial fishing.
However Japan has a long and difficult job ahead of itself, as evidence
of previous Sport Whaling has been slow in appearing, despite the most
vigorous manufacturing campaign.
So far the list of sporting heroes is nonexistent, only three teams exist
when history speaks of hundreds and specialized equipment, mainly harpoons
with racing stripes, have been difficult to produce even with today’s
technology. As such Japanese assertions that this sport has been going
on for centuries before busybody activists with nothing better to do got
in the way is very weak.
When asked just how the sport would be able to justify itself in terms
of market viability without selling the whale meat officials pointed to
the slew of advertising offers from cigarette manufacturers, liquor purveyors
and other products of dubious worth such as Nintendo.
Even in Japan the enthusiasm for the idea has been minimal, a number of
Japanese youth support the environmental groups opposed to commercial
fishing, while older Japanese see this campaign as lacking dignity, especially
with the addition of the mascot, Squeaky the Eat Me Minke.
Outside of Japan this move has changed little, most nations prefer sitting
on the fence, awaiting the next round of Japanese bribes to making a decision
that could cost them money.
Even those nations such as Britain that allow their most elite social
groups to participate in the most barbaric of sports, polo, are hesitant
to support this move.
However one new sport may grow out of this, professional whale hunt spoiling.
Trialed last year against Norwegian commercial whalers it has proven popular
and successfully marketed itself as a sport rather than a Reality TV series
by just saying no to a professional host and yes to performance enhancing