Monday, December 29, 2008
Now, people here have asked me why people in Australia support Paul Watson? Well a good part of the reason is Glenn Inwoods. Yes he IS hated in NZ too. Elsewhere in the world he is known for his desire to expand whaling by many times to take tens of thousands of Minke yearly.
His quotes today have once again put fire in the bellys of Australians. Looks like we may yet see some naval action after all!
For the moment though, our hopes are with SSCS.
Shut these whale killing criminals down Paul!
And do it quickly!
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Sea Shepherd Clashes
With Whaling Fleet in Australian Waters
0730 GMT December 26th, 2008
Australian Antarctic Territorial Waters
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship Steve Irwin closed in on one of the vessels of the Japanese whaling fleet at 0730 Hours GMT (1930 Hours Sydney Time) on December 26th off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory north of the Mawson Peninsula.
The Keiko Maru emerged from dense fog in front of the Steve Irwin. The Sea Shepherd crew pursued and delivered 10 bottles of rotten butter and 15 bottles of a methyl cellulose and indelible dye mixture.
“That is one stinky slippery ship,” said Sea Shepherd 2nd Officer Peter Hammarstedt of Sweden.
The Japanese ship was ordered out of the territorial waters of Australia by Australian citizen Jeff Hansen from Perth, Western Australia. The message was delivered in Japanese.
As the Steve Irwin came alongside the starboard side of the Keiko Maru, the whaler steered hard to starboard and struck the Steve Irwin lightly crushing part of the aft port helicopter deck guard rails on the Sea Shepherd ship. There was no serious damage to either ship.
The Sea Shepherd crew’s objective was to intimidate the Japanese fleet and to keep them moving Eastward out of Australian Territorial waters. The Sea Shepherd crew have been pursuing the fleet eastward for a week. There is only 90 miles left before the fleet enters the New Zealand Zone.
“Our objective now is to chase them out of Australia’s Economic Exclusion Zone.” Said Captain Paul Watson. “I have a chart here and it clearly states that these waters are Australian EEZ. There is an Australian Federal Court Order specifically prohibiting these ships from whaling in these waters. We have informed the whalers they are in contempt of this Court ruling.”
There is no doubt that Japanese whaling in Australian waters has been severely disrupted. Since Saturday, the Sea Shepherd crew have chased the Japanese fleet for 400 miles through heavy fog, dense ice and nasty weather. During that time they have not been able to kill any whales.
“We still have them on the run and we intend to keep them on the run for as long as our fuel resources allow.” Said Captain Watson.
For the Japanese version, try here and here.
Saturday, December 20, 2008
All in all an interesting few days. The Japanese whalers are on the run, and I have had lots of visitors here! thanks for that! I will try to update more often if I can just stop posting on the very addictive animal planet "Whale Wars" forum!
In other news Australia has still not dropped the threat of legal action in international courts against Japans illegal whaling but its now less obvious in the news as you can see in these 1, 2, 3, examples. Although it must be said Garrett has become a total joke as far as people concerned with the environment are concerned.
Of interest to many is a plan to get sister cities with Japanese cities involved in whale and dolphin protection. If you have facebook this thread goes into the basics of it all.
Thanks for checking out my blog!
I will try keep it updated as this latest wacky Japanese Antarctic whaling season unfolds! For those of you who were fans of the Whale Wars program I want to give you a sneak preview snippet of a report from season two that I hope will make many of you breath a sigh of relief!
From: Crew - Steve Irwin
Subject: Update 1: Emily Hunter Antarctic whale saving
Received: Wednesday, December 17, 2008, 2:46 AM
Sea Shepherds ship finally arrived on the 10th in the morning and I settled into my new home for the next several months – a big black menacing looking 180-foot patrolling vessel originally bought from Scotland, the land of my ancestors. With a million put into upgrades including a helicopter hanger, this ship had a air of professional eco-warriors. No longer is Sea Shepherd the rag-tag ship with water leaking through and bolts busting off. Instead, the ship was upgraded and ready for war. The crew too is different, more professional and even militant than amateurs. There is a professional helicopter pilot, doctor, engineers, welders, ex-navy, ex-captains, ex-cops. Without a skilled trade in ones back-pocket, one almost feels useless (for me, my written word is my tool, visit www.THISmagazine.ca in the Blogs section, you can read my ongoing campaign blogs – called the Polarized series). The crew included 45 volunteers from around the world including a crewmember from Japan for the first time. And a fierceness, conviction and focus I have never seen so pronounced in the Sea Shepherd crews before. Oh, and don’t forget, environmentalism has gone reality TV, Animal Planet is shooting their second season of ‘Whale Wars’ with this campaign.
Friday, December 5, 2008
Once again the whale meat has been tested for contaminates on a special scale as opposed to the broad Japanese seafood contaminate standard scale. As usual the results of the tests are kept secret from the public.
Time will tell how quickly other nations will attempt to re-start their own commercial whaling following the lead of these 3 nations. The second age of Cetacean slaughter is upon us, may god have mercy upon the worlds whale stocks, for it is obvious the Japanese will not.
Thursday, November 20, 2008
Go me! lol
I became involved in the whaling issue when the Japanese government announced its plans to launch a kill mission against the Humpback whales that I enjoy watching at my local beach. That was over a year ago now, and the facebook group to protest Japans whaling that I joined with a few thousand members, now has over 250,000! We all have our own reasons but one thing is clear, the future of the whales is a global issue and by a massive % the world wants the whaling ended.
Propaganda wars have raged accross the internet and there has been lots of nationalist mud slinging between the nations of Australia and Japan in particular.
I just read this bit of news here and noticed two bits that stood out.
So thats interesting but it still ended with a sting.
"Japan has nil national interest in the whaling industry," Taniguchi continues. "The stake for Japan is near zero. If Australians criticise the Japanese auto industry, Japan must do everything possible to protect the auto industry. This is not the auto industry."
He is writing a long piece for a Japanese magazine, Wedge, to ask Japanese to consider the balance sheet of national interests. On the other side of the ledger, he contends, "this issue is doing substantial damage to Japan's image in Australia, the US, Canada, the UK, New Zealand," the entire English-speaking world.
For a moment this year Australia hoped the whaling problem would disappear. In May Taro Aso, then secretary-general of Japan's ruling Liberal Democratic Party, said if Australia's feelings towards Japan were hurt unnecessarily "only in order to sustain such a small industry", then Japan should "address this issue as quickly as possible", according to an official record of his remarks. Aso made fun of the whaling industry's pretensions to scientific legitimacy.
"Has anyone heard of any scientific results coming from Japan's whaling program?" he posed rhetorically.
Many countries have an ugly blemish that mars the total image and makes other peoples recoil in distaste. China has Tibet, the US has Guantanamo Bay, Turkey has Armenian genocide, and Japan has whaling. Uneconomic and increasingly costly to Japan's image, Taniguchi expects it will disappear in a few years. But in the meantime, he fears that escalation could damage the interests of Australia as well as Japan. "Japanese children would be horrified to learn that Australians routinely kill and even eat kangaroos, which they think are much cuter than whales."PS: If you are interested in Kangaroo conservation and protection try out these two links!
Monday, November 17, 2008
"Practices are not prohibited because they are wrong, they are wrong because they have been prohibited."~ Prof. Leslie A.White, The Science of Culture (New York, Farrar, Strauss and Cudahy, 1949)
This brings us to the Japanese saying they may lower their kill quota, then not, then maybe. Well... theres a very good reason why they may lower it and it has nothing to do with external pressure.
Rather it is because the kill fleet has lost their fuel re-supply and meat off-loading ship (The Oriental Bluebird) because it was busted doing illegal things & fined the maximum penalty and then de-flagged.
That and the fact that last year the Japanese didnt get any of the enormous endangered Fin whales, but only because they didnt find any. A Finwhale is a massive animal, the second largest ever, smaller only than a blue whale. So its doubtful they themselves expect to find and kill 50 Finwhales. Then again they have already killed 100 of the only slightly smaller sei whales Balaenoptera borealis and they did get 50 of the rare and fast bryde's whales Balaenoptera brydei so it is possible. Even so Finwhales, like brydes, sei and the kings the Blue whales are the most massive creatures. To kill and process is a major undertaking and conditions need to be right
Still the kill fleet includes 8 powerful fast hunter killer boats and a massive floating factory mother ship. This is a large kill mission, the largest of great whales on the planet.
So all the talk by the Japanese of dropping some of their tally in exchange for some sneaky change may all be a bluff, but it matters not. The kill fleet may only be setup to take at max half the butcher list, but if all goes to plan they won't get a single whale.
The anti-whaling crew will never give up.
Friday, November 14, 2008
Thursday, November 13, 2008
Sunday, November 9, 2008
There are kittens AND vikings! There is the weird , the nerdy and the pointless!
Take your time. The cake is not a lie. The flowers are real , and the flutterbyes too. If you are not sold there is also 2 bear attacks and the stars themselves! From the amusing, to a simple Learn to type fast program I am sure you will find something useful or at least distracting!
This is to help those of you using an online office. Things have really come a long way with very powerful project creation tools being created. Other tools are more specialised for graphs/presentations, or surveys and polls. Sometimes you may need to know the time any where in the world, to shorten your internet links or even need just to convert between money and measurement systems. These let you save websites as fully functional PDF files- Option 1, option2, And this can Save certain online movies. Others are not quite so serious with audio postcard creator, sign picture generator, text pictures maker, 3d text modelmaker, Prank caller the official seal creator, and always handy tourist remover! A very handy photography tool!
If you need somewhere online to store files and then send? Try these1, 2, 3, 4, 5,
If you need serious Geek tools try these.
This is just lists all the google features on one page, while this shows you the search strings.
This is an upgraded calendar while this is an attempt at a custom desktop. Do you use Gmail? Being able to add notes to webpages, is very handy for you to keep track of your favourites! And online highlighting, makes it easier for other people to skip to good bit of a link you post. This is a very handy map that tracks realtime news events. One heck of an interesting geography lesson!!
Have you used torrents before? Well you use them with a torrent client and they let you find almost anything on the net easily, just type its name into google and add the word torrent to the search. As with everything there is legal torrents and not legal ones. This lets you share logins for places that normally make you go through long boring registrations.
If what you needed was not in there, it may be in this list of internet programs.
Sometimes its best to test different passwords before you use them. For getting around computers that block facebook this can work. To protect from hackers and tools to track spammers. Keep your eyes open.
The biology news network and some pictures of blobs! Ancient greek cities.... the tree of life?learn latin or about virtual water and humans on a cell level. Or see movies about cells and their inner workings! Never forget citizen, YOU too are an animal And the animals are wiping out. Cell by cell and species by species.
If you didn't scratch your science itch yet, try this.
Last up is some videos!
You can find hundreds of good documentary here and here. There is also the Zeitgeist movies and I think the second one of them says a lot of interesting things about our economy. Another good movie about money is this one.
We are a people in danger, and while we ARE making progress on many problems.. as the guru Chris explains the problems are still the same. The same age old problems that EVERYONE can see but that are never fixed. Now this may be the most boring 8 part series on the internet.
But if everyone on the planet watched it, it would wake everyone up to what exactly having so many humans on earth means to us all. Consider using either this or this alarm clock to wake up from the parts, it does get very interesting around part 5.
We have a long way to go as a species, and we will have to learn we are a very small part of a very large universe. That and we need to look out for bears.
If you need a quick game after that epic quest these 150 online games are waiting. I reccomend dino-run, Dolphin Olympics2, ZWOK, Flow, and gemcraft.
If you stumbled in, and enjoyed a thumbs up would be awesome!
PS if you want to take it with you, you could always just put the pages address into this.
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
This is just the begining.
To the destruction of the shared heritage that is the worlds whales, we, HUMANITY, say NO!!!
Friday, October 24, 2008
Exactly what this escalation of Japans aggressive incursions into the Southern Ocean means for other nations of the world is unclear. It does however appear to be related to Japans plans to harvest more and more of the Antarctic krill (whale food).
These are not good times to be a whale. The Japanese up-gunning their kill fleets, increasing their harvest of the whales food and planning on taking not only more whales but also a larger selection of species.
In an update on this it appears from this story that the Japanese will leave their navy at home.
A Japan Fisheries Agency official confirmed yesterday that, unlike last summer, there would be no coastguard officers aboard the southern whaling fleet when it leaves Shimonoseki port, probably this weekend.
As for reports Tokyo was considering sending an armed Japan Coast Guard vessel to accompany the whaling fleet, the official said: "There's absolutely no possibility."
Thursday, October 23, 2008
We currently have the technology to GROW animal tissue in labs.
IF enough whale meat tissue could be grown in a lab to satisfy the demand.... would whaling cease to even have a point?
Whale meat is the perfect test case because:
1) its a high value meat and could be an economical alternative to wild harvest.
2) the meat suffers none of the contamination problems
3) the meat is never attached to this planets largest and most complex brain in the first place
4) would help prevent whale species from suffering extinction
5) gets around international laws and drama
6) reduces racism creation, as believe it or not whale killing does result in some anger against 127 million Japanese despite it being the actions of maybe 200 Japanese fishermen behind the whale/dolphin killings
7) halts the destruction of breeding stocks in recovering whale populations
8) is an actual science, and can be started with non-lethal flesh plugs
9) Japanese have no 'culture' of HUNTING whales in the Southern Ocean but do have some history of EATING large whales. Therefor lab grown whale meat WOULD PRESERVE WHALE EATING FOOD CULTURE while avoiding the ethical nightmare and global condemnation from killing live whales.
10) its a chance for Japan to show the world they lead the way in intelligent technology based solutions!
Research has shown these whales are not experiencing a population boom as argued by Japan.
"A female sperm whale may produce one calf every five years, after reaching sexual maturity at nine years. Males reach breeding age in their late twenties. It is not known how many calves a female may bear before reaching menopause or the rate of natural sperm whale mortality. A young whale may suckle from her mother for up to 15 years.
Scientists believe that it takes around 20 years on average for a female whale to replace itself with one mature female offspring. This does not account for the potential adverse impacts of new human-induced threats to whales such as bycatch, climate change, ozone depletion, marine pollution, ship strikes and underwater noise pollution."
"Economic aspects of renewable resource exploitation as applied to marine mammals(FAO Fish Ser., 5, Vol.3) indicated that the slow growth of marine mammals was in direct conflict with profits. Operational and capital costs were sufficiently high to make harvest rates that were biologically safe economically unsound."~ Colin W. Clark.
*59 minke whales ( Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
*50 bryde's whales ( Balaenoptera brydei)
*2 sperm whales. ( Physeter macrocephalus)
*551 minke whales ( Balaenoptera bonaerensis)
*8,396 Dalls porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
*7,916 Dalls porpoise (Phocoenoides truei )
*960 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
*670 Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
*360 Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenoryhnchus obliquidens)
*100 False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
*835 Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
*532 Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus)
*339 Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
*66 Bairds beaked whale (Berardius bairdii)
Monday, October 6, 2008
This is perhaps typical of todays law enforcement. To pursue very vigorously individuals performing civil disobedience or other protest actions, while allowing hundreds or even thousands of corporate executives to comprehensively break the laws without obstruction, or even with so-called law enforcement's help and protection.
Corporations and governments from many countries have been despoiling this last wilderness continent in complete contempt for international law.
In Japan we have the travesty of police arresting the protestors of a crime while the criminals stand right at hand. As private security for corporations it makes sense to overlook gross malfeasance while brutally pursuing small individual protest actions, which to corporations are indeed the more dangerous of the two.
So the only answer at this point is to use modern technology to act at a distance, and with perfect anonymity. With current communication technology, the means now exist to act in ways that encrypt and squester the identity of the actors so watertightly that no one will ever know who they really were.
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Saturday, September 20, 2008
Friday, September 19, 2008
I had a fair bit to say and it took more words than I expected to say it.
After a year of reading about whales I still don't have a real understanding of the basic question in all of this.
Why is Japan defending whaling so strongly?
If I had to bet money on the reason... I would say that the Japanese Fisheries Agency sees itself as fighting some sort of desperate rear guard action over its rights to take resources from international waters. They have decided to invent a game where each species has to 'win' its protection one by one, from the top down. They see a war, fought battle by battle in a logical path down the food chain as fishery after fishery collapses.
Whales in the Southern Ocean where chosen first because of the legal nightmare surrounding them as well as their physical DISTANCE from Japan. I mean when you start a rear guard action the idea is to delay the 'enemy' as long as possible from your 'base'. Its what I would do in their place anyway.
First we stall them for over 40 years on whale protection, then 20 for dolphins, then 10 after that for Tuna, then 5 after that for sardine, then 2 after that for squid.....
But thats not how it works.
Every thing is connected.
As Jacques Yves Cousteau knew well enough in 1970, when you remove things from an ecosystem it creates changes. With whales it impacts the krill which are the central part of the entire Antarctic food web.
I only reached that pattern of thought after enough reading to kill an average person :)
The Japanese do not whale for scientific, cultural or monetary reasons. Of this much I am certain. The whales themselves could also never be considered a viable food source for 127 million people.
All that remains is political/territorial reasons, or the use of the whales as either a method of distraction or a punishment dummy to keep the heat off the big fisheries that are important to Japans food security like the krill harvests and longliners.
I think it is important that all nations work together to keep Antarctica unspoilt, but we need to understand that if the Southern Ocean ecosystem collapses it will impact on the health of the entire sea.
Let me break down what I do know.
The animals are in deep shit & We are in deep shit
You are either part of the solution, or part of the problem.
Live or die.
The difference is what we do today.
Monday, September 15, 2008
Whaling represents only 20 to 25 percent of overall income nowadays for most of the 30-odd whaling vessels that take part in the hunt in Norway each year.
In that light, whale safaris have become a more profitable business, with lower costs and less conflict. Usually.
"Once a whaler harpooned a whale right in front of us. My passengers, who were German tourists, were horrified. I almost had a heart attack," says Heiki Vester who runs the Ocean Sounds whale safari company.
Jan Kristiansen, who represents the
whalers, defended the shootings. He claimed the whalerswere simply taking advantage of the nice weather, when the hunting is best.
"Many of the whaling boats had been tied up at the dock for several days, waiting for better weather," he said. "When it finally came, we have to make the most of it."
Kristiansen claimed that he and the other
whalers"don't have anything against the whale safari boats... but it's important to get across that it's the extreme opponents of whaling that travel out to see whales.
"We can't prevent them from being against the hunt, and they can't prevent us from hunting."
Although opinion polls have shown general support for whaling among Icelanders, some shun the meat because of the giant creatures' still-limited numbers. Others worry that whaling will hurt Iceland's image and thus harm its thriving tourist industry.
Eva Maria Thorarinsdottir, marketing manager of Reykjavik's Elding Whale Watching, says minke whales were much friendlier before hunting resumed, but now they avoid ships. She regards whale-hunting as akin to fox-hunting in England: a legacy kept alive only by "proud, rich traditionalists." She adds: "Our business is much more profitable than theirs."
The eco-tourism boat full of tourists came up along side the Baird’s beaked whale as they spotted water from it’s blowhole. The 20 tourists looked on in horror to see the rare whale struggling for life bleeding from a harpoon. One of the two other whale watching ships nearby left when a child started crying.
Now if thats not bad enough, these whaling nations are also damaging the well established whale watching industries of other nations such as New Zealand. In some cases Japans bully tactics have crossed the line into extortion with certain whales being held for ransom, in an economic standover technique.
Look at the war japan waged on Australias whale watching industry
for example Link 1 link 2 link 3
"Let us kill what we want or we will obliterate your whale watching industry in a single whale kill mission!"
End of the day,
Saturday, September 13, 2008
On the 15th the IWC holds a meeting to decide whether to end the ban on commercial whaling or not.
As it stands the Japanese whalers are engaged in illegal poaching of protected whales in a wildlife sanctuary.
If the ban is ended, then the whalers go fullscale legit.
It will be difficult to stop the industrial scale slaughter that will then begin.
Nation after nation will take Japans lead.
In short, the whales will be fucked up.
I have no real plan or advice that I can give. But this is an end to decades of effort... or at least it might be.
The Japanese whalers are playing a power card, and it will not be easy to stop.
I wish I could give you a version of Al Pacino's Inch By Inch speech
But I just don't have the skills.
So I'm just gonna say if you have an idea, use it. If you have done something in the past, consider doing it again. We have the numbers, we either act...
or we see the whales die in our times.
live or die
Your whales, your choice.
It may be your last real chance to have a say.
Sunday, August 31, 2008
They will bring weapons of war, cannon and grenade to the Antarctic. They will bring fuel tankers into iceberg minefields... and they will bring the death scientists who will measure whales, put their earwax in little jars and write up their butcher list.
They will kill the most impressive animals on the planet by blasting out their guts then hanging them upside down to drown or bleed out. Recent footage has shown over half an hour, 6 harpoons and rifle shots to kill a small Minke.
But the Japanese whale killers come not just for Minke. They come for Fin Whales, many times larger. Many times harder to kill. They will die hard, thrashing in a red sea.
Endangered animals with a 0 catch limit, within a wildlife sanctuary.
They will demand the fact they are Japanese makes it all ok. But their race matters not, instead these are men judged by their actions.
Judged and found guilty of obscene and cruel crimes. Guilty of risking the entire ecosystem, of risking the very air humanity breaths.
Its time it stopped.
I really like this song.
Makes me love my nation and all the legends I share it with.
Makes me proud to be who I am.
Makes me strong to act on what I believe in.
Makes me happy to stand up and give those whose power plays impact on those I like, a taste of hell. The whale protectors grow in number each day, we will never give up and the Japanese can never shoot or arrest us all.
Back off Japan.
We shouldn't have to say anymore.
Let alone take action to stop your violation.
You are crossing a line we have asked you not to.
You are forcing our hand.
Do you really want to know how far we will go to save these whales from a pointless death at Japanese poachers hands?
When you listen to Carl talk of monsters,
Of the men who would hunt and destroy a natural wonder.... it does not make me angry like it should.
It makes me sad.
We have people risking the health of the ocean, the survival of our species and yet humanity is more interested in blowing each other up over control of the middle east.
I see the whalers as a greater threat to humanity than the 'terrorists' our governments keep us in a constant state of fear about.
Japan has become an enemy of science. An enemy of reason and logic.
They have let their nationalist pride and ego, blind them to the crimes unfolding in their name.
When the whales are gone, and the oceans suffering... who will we blame?
Ourselves for not acting strong enough? Or the nations that hunted them one by one until they were gone forever?
When Japanese whaling delegate Tadahiko Nakamura was asked if he was concerned about the survival of the whales and would he like to have his children and grand-children see the whales.
His answer was shocking. “No,” he said. “My duty is to my family, my country, and my company and that duty is to make as much profit as I can for them today. I am not concerned with future generations. They will have to find ways to survive just as we must find ways to survive today.”
He was then asked if he was concerned that the whales would go extinct. “They may go extinct but that is not my concern. My concern is to realize the maximum profit from them before they do.”
In that quote and this video we see the same attitude.
If nature has to be destroyed for the Japanese whalers/fishermen to make a $$$$ then so be it! Screw the future and screw the rest of the world!
Its the same, we eat fish and they eat fish... so we must kill them all so we can eat all the fish!
Just wait until Japanese scientists discover other animals are breathing oxygen too.
No not just any oxygen BUT JAPANESE OXYGEN!!
KILL KILL KILL!!
1) fin whale is an endangered animal, combined with other threats, whaling is sure to make them extinct. LEARN from history! Don't just repeat mistakes as a 'culture'! Grow UP!!
2) Whale/dolphin meat is full mercury, most toxic result EVER was a Minke sample. Many tests of whale/dolphin meat being sold has turned up EXTREMELY contaminated products.
3) The killing is terrible pr for Japan. Do they want to be known as environmental rapists? Do they want hacking up dolphins to be the defining character of their nation? Do they really want to be known as the ONLY nation to kill endangered cetacean species in the whale sanctuary?
4) Japans whaling industry is millions of dollars in debt, its not viable and leads to boycotts. Japans whaling is over 50 million dollars in debt. An operation to supply whale meat to japans richest citizens, funded by the average Japanese tax payer... all while Japanese homeless die on the streets in winter, when they could have been saved with a 20 cent cup of noodles. Surely the few hundred Japanese engaged in killing cetaceans can be found alternate employment so they no longer impact on the sales of ALL Japanese companies?
5) if Japan does it, others can do it and the whales will be wiped out. After all its racism not to let everyone take 20,000+ cetaceans each year like Japan. What right does Japan have to undo the greatest global co-operation on an environmental issue yet?
Today, only one country in the world continues to conduct whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary: Japan.
"There was a time in Japan during the food shortage hardships of the postwar period when whale meat was taken as a valuable source of protein. We are alive today thanks in a very real sense to this gift, so should we not reach out in gratitude to whales now and seek a path of peaceful coexistence?"
This is the message behind a beautiful new animated work by director Yamamura Koji.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
“In the world of mammals there are two mountain peaks, one is Mount Homo Sapiens and the other is mount Cetacea.”
~ Professor Teizo Ogawa
Does anyone have any more infomation? Is this true?
It means that Japan is no longer arresting just GreenPeace and Sea Shepherd members but has moved onto every day Japanese anti-whalers.
From what I have seen Takashi Matsumura had no connections to Sea Shepherd but just believed in whale protection. He was certainly no terrorist!!
Madness! Our thoughts are with you Takashi!
Hold out bro!
Together we will all save the whales, together we will show that you can be anti-whaling AND pro-Japan!
Eating the “totem animal” of sentimental Westerners can serve to express one’s belonging to “the Japanese tribe."
I don't think you have to eat whale to be Japanese. I don't think that killing whales should be the thing that defines Japanese culture either. I mean really, do you honestly support what Japan has done to the whales and dolphins already this year? I am not kidding, the list below is the bodycount.
100 sei whales ( Balaenoptera borealis )
59 minke whales ( Balaenoptera acutorostrata)
50 bryde's whales ( Balaenoptera brydei)
2 sperm whales. ( Physeter macrocephalus)
551 minke whales ( Balaenoptera bonaerensis)
8,396 Dalls porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli)
7,916 Dalls porpoise (Phocoenoides truei )
960 Bottlenose Dolphin (Tursiops truncatus)
670 Striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba)
360 Pacific White-sided Dolphin (Lagenoryhnchus obliquidens)
100 False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
835 Pantropical Spotted Dolphin (Stenella attenuata)
532 Risso's Dolphin (Grampus griseus)
339 Short-finned Pilot Whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
66 Bairds beaked whale (Berardius bairdii)
And they are not through yet. Now the whalers are coming to kill whales that I enjoy. I like these whales and I am going to raise hell to defend them.
"There is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. Collective action by nations across the globe is needed to protect whales for future generations,"
~ Sir David Attenborough
I love Japan, and I have never met a Japanese person I didn't like.
So, I apologise in advance if I cause offence along the way. These whales are important to me though, and I am not being anti-Japanese for sticking up for them. I will try and stop ANYONE who tries to kill them.
"It is of interest to note that while some dolphins are reported to have learned English -- up to fifty words used in correct context -- no human being has been reported to have learned dolphinese."
~ Carl Sagan
Sunday, August 3, 2008
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There is a monkey pig.
You cannot unsee the monkey pig.
I will give you 2 choices, I reccomend you do not take either!!
skip to the alien skull
2 DAMNED IF YOU DON'T
I have the alien skull I promised ( or an albino tawny frog mouth)!
Now I realise you are probably as shocked as you were the first time you saw Mars Bigfoot! (As opposed to common Earth bigfoots)
But from what we know,
Alien skull comes in peace....
Old map from WWII showing new world order! atlas of insanity Secret Submarine Base! People map Carrier top view Me and first other posters from stat counter, hello all, 6th Aug 08 visitor map awesomness map human influence Blue Beauty world flash tour Earth at night Iraq bodycount on US map And of course good old breathing earth Sun light maps 1 and 2 The worlds water graph Ocean Slaughter Australian Territorial Waters A
Would like to end by wishing Isobel a speedy recovery!