My comment was about killing whales (for profit.)
Sorry if I made it look that way, I was connecting his two posts to comment across both of them to the effect that his respect should be held in low regard. And yes, in your own incredibly polite way you expressed your disagreement with the ethnic slurs.
I don't have much respect for the systematic killing of whales under the pretext of "scientific research".
Japan has been very very open about wanting to resume commercial whaling. If your problem is just the "pretext" then why not support a removal of the ban so they can call a spade a spade? The use of conservationism as a pretext to ban all whaling doesn't bother you, so I think the answer is obvious. You object to killing whales at all, not to what it's called.
Particularly when there is not even sufficient market demand for the whale meat to justify the extent of the killing (from the whaling industry's point of view.)
But again I don't think this is the real point. Let's say the Japanese decide to eat more whales and the demand resumes. Does that make you happy? No, because your problem isn't that not enough whales are being eaten, your problem is that any
whales are being killed.
Any "respect" issues I might have about killing animals would be directed at the industries, not the workers within them.
At the end of the day, it's still a human being on the other end who thinks differently. You can't abstract the difference of opinion to inanimate industries. At the end of the day the basic disagreement between what is an acceptable animal to kill is still the bottom line.
Call a spade a spade: If whales were not threatened by extinction at all, and if the demand existed, would you have a problem with whaling?