LET ME ASK YOU ABOUT THE DRIVE FISHERY. AS A VETERINARIAN, WHAT IS YOUR VIEW
OF THAT PARTICULAR VEHICLE -- FOR TAKING MAMMALS INTO CAPTIVITY?
Well, I will comment this far on that issue and that is this. Animals are
taken into a drive fishery for the purposes of being killed to be eaten. If I
as a veterinarian can save an animal from being killed to be eaten, I think I
have an obligation to do that and I -- if I have the opportunity. I don't care
whether it's -- whether I have to go grab it and release it or carry it off to
some pool and put it in a pool to save its life, -- I'd be happy to do that.
NOW, YOUR CRITICS MIGHT ARGUE THAT AS A HIGH-PROFILED PERSON, WITH GREAT
CREDENTIALS IN THE FIELD, THAT YOU SHOULD BE LENDING YOUR AUTHORITY AND YOUR
INTEGRITY TO TAKING A STAND AGAINST THAT FISHERY.
I think I just said that.
IT MIGHT BE ARGUED THAT BY TAKING ANIMALS FROM THAT SOURCE, YOU LEGITIMIZE THE
PROCESS AND YOU MAKE IT FINANCIALLY WORTHWHILE TO THE PEOPLE WHO DO IT.
I think that what I said is the case is that if I have an opportunity to save
an animal's life that I feel as a veterinarian, that's my -- that's my task in
life. So I really don't see -- you know, I can fight against it politically
and still save an animal's life. Just because I save an animal's life by taking
it out of a drive fishery where it's going to be killed and eaten doesn't mean
that I condone the aspect of the -- of the dry fishery. I don't care if it's
any kind of fishery. The drive fishery is really not an inhumane way to catch
animals-- in my estimation; however, the fact that they're killed and eaten
afterwards is in -- in my estimation not the thing to do. And so, I would say
that if I had an opportunity to save the life of an animal under those
circumstances, I'd be happy to do it.
HOW CAN YOU SAY THAT A PROCESS WHICH INVOLVES SCARING THEM HALF TO DEATH,
DRIVING THEM UP ONTO THE SHORE IS -- EVEN IF THEY AREN'T KILLED AND EATEN
No, I said that the drive fishery process is not necessarily an inhumane
process. Driving them up on the shore and killing them and eating them is, in
IT SEEMS TO ME THAT'S KIND OF A MARGINAL POSITION. I MEAN --
Oh no, not at all. You know, if you have ever been involved in -- in seeing
animals slaughtered -- you know, I've been - I've been to slaughter houses and
seen cattle slaughtered and I've seen sheep slaughtered and I've seen chickens
slaughtered and turkeys slaughtered and we -- you know, they're eaten all over
the world today. Just because it happens to be the culture in certain parts of
the world to -- to eat marine mammals, you know, that -- that's something that
I disagree with,but that's -- you know, it may be politically incorrect, -- but
that's the way life is around the world.
FOR THE SAKE OF ARGUMENT, LET ME READ SOMETHING TO YOU. A DR. TOSHIO
KASUYA--JAPAN FISHERIES. 'THE REASON FOR THE DRIVE CIRCUIT CONDUCTED IS NO
LONGER PURELY AS A PREDATOR ERADICATION. THEY ARE DONE FOR PROFIT. MEAT FROM
THE SLAUGHTERED ANIMALS SOLD AND OTHER ANIMALS ARE SOLD TO... ' I MEAN, HE'S
SAYING VERY CLEARLY THAT ---
Meat from the slaughtered animals is sold to be eaten, exactly.
AND THE PROCESS IS OKAY?
No, -- don't take words and put them in my mouth. I explained this to you
twice now and this is the third time. I'm going to say it one more time. The
drive fisheries process of capturing animals is not necessarily an inhumane
process. The process of driving them ashore and slaughtering them and eating
them is, in my estimation, not the thing to do.