The images in the following
program are very sensitive and may be as disturbing to viewers as they
were to us. However, we have to show the truth about animal cruelty.
They are wondrous beings of the ocean, gliding effortlessly through the
water with gentle majesty. As the largest living animals ever known to
grace our planet, whales have always evoked our fascination due to
their loving nature and melodious songs. Mr Kline(m):
These are animals that have extremely large brains and extremely high
levels of intelligence, and extremely high levels of social interaction
amongst each other, so they’re much closer to humans than most humans
would realize. Whales and dolphins – there has been lots of research
done – have been shown to be very self-aware, just as humans are very
self-aware, just as great apes are very self-aware.
(f):When I first got on a whale-watching boat and saw a huge, living
whale in front of me, for the first time in my life, I felt the
overwhelming aura or inevitable sense of awe, more than the real
gigantic size of its body, and at the same time I felt their warmth,
gentleness, and something very profound.
HOST: Kind viewers,
today on Supreme Master Television’s Stop Animal Cruelty series, our
featured experts from the US, Phil Kline, Senior Oceans Campaigner for
Greenpeace USA, Yuki Okazaki, Vice Chairwoman and Director of Elsa
Nature Conservatory from Japan, Sue Rocca, Intern Coordinator for the
Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, and Regina Asmutis-Silvia,
Senior Biologist for the Society will discuss their experiences with
whales, the inhumane treatment of these kind beings and the
human-caused threats that have led to their highly endangered status.
the 20th century, millions of whales were killed by the whaling
industry. Nowadays these mammals face a bleak outlook as many of their
species are extremely close to extinction.
The North Atlantic
Right Whale has a total population of less than 350 worldwide. The
Western Pacific Grey Whale, the Bowhead Whale, and the Narwhal Whale
each have less than 120 individuals of their species left globally.