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Canberra to monitor Japan whalers
Australia will send an armed patrol ship and aircraft to monitor Japan's whaling fleet off Antarctica
Acting against the whalers was one of the new Labor-led Australian government's election pledges.
"We are dealing here with the slaughter of whales, not scientific research," Mr Smith told a news conference in Canberra.
Originally posted by watch_the_rocks
I watched a live news conference on this today. The environment minister categorically stated that the assets we are going to deploy are for surveillance only. He stressed this point upwards of a dozen times, and proceeded to explain how the weapons aboard the customs vessel they are going to use are to be locked below decks before the mission begins.
Pussyfoot around the issue? Not be tough as nails? No! The Aussie government is also going to lodge a diplomatic protest! Gasp!!
I support radical groups such as Sea Shepherd, who have sunk about 10 whaling ships so far by ramming them.
Originally posted by Snappahead
I think the next time I hear somebody tell me how disgusting it is that some countries kill whales, while they tuck into a steak or hamburger, I'll reach across and punch them in the nose.
If a particular species of whale is endangered, it should not be hunted. If there are a lot of a particular species available then go right ahead. It's no different to eating kangaroo, emu, venison and other wild animals.
Last time I was out on my kayak there were heaps of dolphins about - they sure look tasty to me.
Originally posted by HowlrunnerIV
As for putting observers on the factory ships themselves...if you own the ship, you control the video...