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Originally posted by Beelzebubba
reply to post by Leto
Hmmm... does this mean you support the rights of seal-clubbers to go about their inhumane business?
[edit on 5/2/2009 by Beelzebubba]
A 2006 episode of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's popular science show Catalyst, which strongly argued against whaling, reported that of the 18 year JARPA I program, which lethally obtained samples from 6800 whales, less than 55 peer-reviewed papers were produced, of which only 14 were claimed on the program to be relevant to the goals of the JARPA program, and that only four would require lethal sampling.
Due to the proximity to Australia, the government of Australia has been particularly vocal in its opposition to Japan's whaling activity in the Southern Pacific. In 1994, Australia claimed a 200-nautical-mile (370 km) exclusive economic zone (EEZ) around the Australian Antarctic Territory, which also includes a southerly portion of the IWC Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
In December 2007, the Rudd government announced plans to monitor Japanese whalers about to enter Australian waters in order to gather evidence against Japanese whalers for a possible international legal challenge and on January 8, 2008 the Australian government sent the Australian customs vessel Oceanic Viking to track and monitor the fleet.
Japanese whaling ship in Antarctic waters were injured March 3, 2008 when the anti-whaling group threw butyric acid on board.
Japan also confirmed firing a "warning shot" into the air. The captain of the Steve Irwin, Paul Watson claimed that he was hit by a bullet that the Japanese had fired.
Originally posted by Anonymous ATS
Wow, you talk about these self proclaimed protectors of the whales as if they are heros while they damage private property, using prop snares, ramming, and illegal bording of japanese ships. You say protect the whales because they are endangered and the evil japanese continue to kill them. There was a time when whaling was legal and these whales were abondant. So what will you do when the Dingo population has been murdered down to the same numbers, will you then decide to protect them as well or do their lives carry less meaning then you all precious whales? Or will you continue your1080 drops until they are all gone and left to rot? I always love a good double standard, you seem to have one of the best I've seen in awhile. For those who dont know 1080 is a poision used in arial drops used to send dingos to a long drawn out and painful death. One of these baited drop targets was the Kosciusko national park a home to the last 100 pure alpine dingos ( That sounds pretty endagered to me)
Bottom line you people who love to point fingers at others need to take a look in the mirror once in awhile.
Originally posted by eonpeon
The Japanese, however, like this, because they believe that an animal that suffers terror and pain before death tastes better.
Junichi Sato's face clenched when he recalled opening the reeking box of whale meat -- all 50 pounds of it.
"At first we thought it was someone's dismembered body," Sato said. "It was quite depressing."
He and fellow Greenpeace activist Toru Suzuki had tracked the package to a mail depot in northern Japan after tipsters told them it contained whale meat bound for the country's black market, smuggled by crew members of a ship commissioned to kill the mammals for scientific research, not profit.
But when they held a cameras-flashing news conference last spring to turn the meat over to police, the officers instead arrested the activists for trespass and theft.
That put them at the center of a bitter face-off between environmentalists and the Japanese government, which many believe wants to severely punish the pair as a warning to citizens who question the country's controversial whaling policy.
It also is a rare occurrence of Japanese taking the lead in protesting their government's environmental policies. In a culture where demonstrations are rare and a premium is put on polite public discourse, Sato and Suzuki's actions have raised eyebrows.
Although commercial whaling was banned in 1986, Japan is permitted to kill the animals for "lethal research" on their migratory and other habits in anticipation of a return to sustainable commercial hunts. Norway and Iceland also cull a limited number of whales each year.
Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and officials say the culls are a part of the national identity. But consumption of the meat, once a staple of the country's diet, is now restricted to a few upscale restaurants and coastal whaling villages.
The whaling issue has strained relations between Japan and allies such as New Zealand and Australia, which have publicly expressed displeasure with the annual hunt. Britain has hinted that it might take the matter to the United Nations.
Originally posted by Miishgoos
People should mind their own business!!! theres been a bit too much of this were better than your country crap coming from everyone lately.