Western industrial companies have been freely dumping tons of hazardous toxic and ☢️ nuclear waste into the unregulated shores off Somalia’s coastline, which according to locals include companies from Switzerland, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Norway and Sweden.
Hazardous toxic chemical waste such as hexachlorobenzene (HCB) is denied for processing in Europe and is therefor dumped in Somalia’s oceans. Somali locals reported that German and Danish shipping companies recently dumped 60,000 barrels of HCB from Australia.
One gram of HCB is enough to contaminate one billion gallons (over 3 billion litres) of water.
A recent study (2019) by Royal Society of Chemistry showed that Humpback whales are getting sick by HCB contamination, causing a variety of health effects, DNA damage and cancer. HCB dominates the contaminant profiles in whales.(2019) Hexachlorobenzene exerts genotoxic effects in a humpback whale cell line under stable exposure conditions Humpback whales, like other polar wildlife, accumulate persistent organic pollutants. In Southern hemisphere populations, hexachlorobenzene (HCB) dominates the contaminant profiles. HCB is linked to a variety of health effects and is classified as a group 2B carcinogen. Source: Royal Society of Chemistry
The dumping in Somalia's oceans continues today and it is excluded from media attention!
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Whale babies washing ashore
Dozens of death whale babies that washed up in Norway in recent years show that they are already contaminated with toxic chemicals before they are born and Japan recently denied a shipment of toxic whale meat from Norway.(2021) Dead baby orca reveals harmful chemical levels in baby whales A necropsy of a 10-day-old orca that washed up in Norway in 2017 has revealed that even as calves, these iconic whales are full of toxic chemicals, a new study finds. Source: Live Science (2015) Japan refuses Norway’s toxic whale meat Toxic chemicals identified in a shipment of whale meat put the spotlight on Norwegian whaling. Source: The Guardian
The fact that whale meat from Norway is to polluted as of today to be accepted in Japan, and the fact that whale babies are washing ashore full of deadly levels of chemicals, is an indication that toxic waste pollution is accumulating in the oceans to such an extent that individual whales are not able to be born healthy.
Do you want to help? Consider whale and dolphin philosophy. If it is not known what to protect, how can the human be motivated? Philosophy can help spur cultural change in human-ocean relations.
Women structurally excluded from philosophy
Women have been structurally excluded from philosophy, which may help explain why advancements in morality and ethics on behalf of animals and Nature is lacking.
When women participated in philosophy, would the world be better? Would animals and the ocean be treated better? Would there be better understanding of why it is important to have respect for Nature?(2021) What do we know about intelligence in whales and dolphins? “Could whales be as smart, if not smarter, than humans?” Source: Whale Scientists