The whole world is engaging in similar practices of over-fishing, yet the over-fishing of less ‘majestic’ creatures fails to make headlines, so it is wrong to make an example of Japan in this way when nearly all countries that practice fishing are committing similar atrocities on a huge scale and a wide range of species. Some major world policies need to be put into place to address: over fishing, the loss of migratory bird habitats, the sprawling of urban areas that encroach on natural habitats, and the wild scale deforestation for agricultural land that still continues at an alarming and unsustainable rate. The national news-media's blaming of other countries in an environmental/cultural mudslinging contest, will only continue to foster ill will, while everyone becomes increasingly uninformed on the realities surrounding certain issues such as this. Media virtue signalling derails productive discussion on all topics.
The Australian media is often guilty of depicting Japanese whaling in this skewed way, to try and appeal emotionally to their audience,
often clearly using sensitive images or emotive language to mislead the audience or make situations seem more extreme than they are.
Examples of this are Australian media's frequent use of words such as kill, hunt and corpse, the commenting on pictures as being of "mother and calf" despite this being speculation, and the mixing-up of Antarctic and Australian waters, even though that’s not legally true and goes against the Antarctic Treaty. The media need to inform and engage the public in this very difficult debate, not distract readers/listener/viewers with displays of cultural or moral superiority, the journalistic virtue signalling needs to stop.