Japanese Whaling Language Analysis

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Japan’s heavy involvement in whaling throughout the twentieth century has caused quite an uproar over the years due to the fact that over 1.5 million whales have been slaughtered and are being inhumanely treated. An ABC News 24 opinion piece entitled “Saving whales: a cause worth fighting war” was written by Reese Halter in response to the ongoing debate about Japanese whaling. Using an informative and authoritative tone, Halter urges that whaling needs to be stopped in order to end the “War against Nature” and thus provide whales the ability to swim freely in the ocean without threat of extinction. The article is categorically targeted towards those with an immense interest in the concept of conservation and particularly the whales in addition to the stakeholders who comprise of politicians, environmentalists, pro and anti whaling organisations and the general public. Halter commences his article with an accusing tone that provides a background on the “war against nature” and the Sea Shepherd organisation, whilst highlighting the fact that the Institute of Cetacean Research in Japan has provided little to no credible research over the past century, despite this being their agenda for whaling. The author uses fact, reason and logic to support this, “they did not attend the Symposium of Living Whales... last year. Nor were scientists from the Institute of Cetacean Research involved in last year’s findings”. This entices the audience to believe that Halter’s viewpoint is true, not just his opinion or an emotional response. Halter supports his use of reason and logic with an attack against the Japanese quoting, “not only do the Japanese illegally hunt whales... feigning meaningful scientific research, they sell whale meat into the marketplace”. It is through the use of these techniques that the audience is able to see the full extent of the issue and therefore the

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