The 61st annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission, in Madeira, Portugal, wrapped up on June 26th, and despite the continuing efforts of the countries who oppose commercial whaling, including Australia, the United States, Great Britain and New Zealand, no progress was made in getting the blood lust countries of Japan, Norway and Iceland to agree to stop their barbaric practice of whale slaughter. Why am I not surprised? The Japanese government continues to put forth the preposterous notion that my kind should be treated like all other animal food stocks, such as cattle, hogs, and chickens. This is akin to them suggesting the harmless and defenseless people of third world countries should also be considered as a food source. However, as I have said before, the way to change the minds of the three killer nations is not by dealing with their politicians or industry representatives. As the American abolitionist, William Lloyd Garrison, once said, “To tyrants I will give no quarter nor waste arguments where they will certainly be lost.” Instead, the pathway to the salvation of my kind lies with the people, and especially with the children of these countries: if you do not reach out to them, all will be lost.