The priority goal of my entire life has been to eradicate and abolish the killing of whales and dolphins by any human being for any reason, anywhere on the planet.
Humankind's relentless and merciless slaughter of the gentle citizens of the sea has been an unforgivable and shameful indictment of our species.
We are, and we continue to be, the savage primate monsters of the deep.
This month, Robert Rocha the director of science at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts, together with fellow researchers Phillip Clapham and Yulia Ivashchenko of the National Marine Fisheries Service in Seattle, Washington, completed a paper on the math of whaling. The paper was published last week in Marine Fisheries Review (R. C. Rocha Jr, P. J. Clapham and Y. V. Ivashchenko Mar. Fish. Rev. 76, 37–48; 2014).
For centuries humans have cruelly slaughtered millions of whales and the greatest numbers slain were in the 20th century.
Between 1900 and 1999, 2.9 million whales were murdered in the seas of the world. 276,442 in the North Atlantic. 563,696 in the North Pacific and 2,05,956 in the Southern Hemisphere.