Been a while since I was so bothered to make a political peice. I have been reading news articles about this for weeks now. I saw an NOW interview on PBS with graphic artist and political artist Milton Glaser. He made the now famous iRaq posters. Check out a sample of his work here: http://www.pbs.org/now/photo_essay19/index.html He got me inspired to make political art again. Been fuming about the whaling issue and just had to make this. Based it on the Carl's Jr. Six Dollar Burger ad(pre-Paris)Took me three hours. Painted this using a basic paint program I got with the Wacom.
Yes that's right! Japan is selling whale burgers through a fast food chain. They also serve the meat through fancy restaurants, grocery stores even at certain schools. The main victims are minke whales. All whales are endangered.
Many are recovering slowly over the 20 year old, or so, world wide ban. Yeah, there are laws but they got around it by getting permission under the guise of scientific research of whales. They gave them a limited number.They kill 440 whales a year in the name of science....but they end up on the dinner table...hmmm how strange. They want to double the yearly take and expand hunting to humpbacks and fin whales. They don't just hunt around their area of the Pacific...they go all the way down to Antarctica to get these whales! These whales do not belong to anyone but everyone. Other countries have turned down their request but Japan is determined to continue their "research". They've killed all kinds of whales here and there for "research". Norway and Finland are also whaling in their own waters ignoring the ban. Their own people don't eat it or need any of it but they're doing it because Japan is buying from them. They are hunting for Japan. What's crazy is the fact that Norway and many other countries are making more money through eco-tourism than by selling whale products. Yet Norway and Finland are fighting to lift the ban to make what they are doing legal as well as expanding the hunt. AAARRGGGHH!!!!