Wednesday, June 21, 2006

Boycott St. Lucia & St. Kitts

Now that may seem an unusual title but some small Caribbean islands tone deaf to their tourist dollars that sustain up to 80% of their economy have sided with Japan to over turn the ban on whaling. Now why would they do this? Because Japan bought their votes with money sound familiar? All six Caribbean island members of the IWC — Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia and St. Vincent and the Grenadines — voted Sunday for a declaration deeming the whaling ban "no longer necessary." The declaration passed, 33-32.

How tone deaf are these particular islands - their draw is their environment. The Japanese are a bunch of punks. The "scientific research" loop hole they negotiated should be closed. If they love whale meat so much have factory farms grow and harvest whales in captivity and the Japanese who like to eat them drive the harpoons into them while they watch.

The vegetarians aren't as whack ado as they are portrayed - respect for all of gods creation (however you define god) would lead to a much healthier world on a variety of fronts including industrial run off from land based factory farms. Hey I love a steak as much as anybody but I could just as easily live off of Grouper, cereals, and salads. It's healthier and would lower health care costs if red meat faded from our diet and became less prevalent.

So if you are lucky enough to be heading to the Caribbean to surf, holiday or honeymoon, visit an island who's leadership isn't so easily bought and sold or managed by a bunch of hypocrites like the ones we have on Capital Hill.