Customs ship to shadow Japanese whalers (+ Whale Killing Scum)

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  1. Elmer Gantry

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    Customs ship to shadow Japanese whalers - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)

    It seems the new Australian Gov is a bit serious about the green thing. Firstly, KRudd goes to Bali to join the Kyoto love in and now he's kitting out cruise ships with armaments to "shadow" the Japanese whaling fleet and collect evidence to launch legal action in the Hague over this.

    It does seem a bit silly to all want to save whales and then allow the Japanese to slaught hundreds of them in the name of "scientific research".
     
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    Their slaughter is for selling and eating the flesh, obviously. A sick thing to do to endangered sentient mammals of our shared seas.
     
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    I think Mr Rudd may work out to be the best ambasador for the planet.
    Loving the impact he is making.
     
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    the navies of the civilized world should be blasting them out of the water
     
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    I've never been a bunny hugger and not a fan of Green peace but I would send them money if they are are going to put themselves between the whalers and the Humpbacks.
    The whalers "quota" for Humpbacks this season is 50!!
    They are in Australian waters and they should be stopped and their boats destroyed and the crews sent home.
     
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    That was the first idea, to send a couple of RAN cruisers down to beat the drum. Foreign Affairs Dept decided to tone it down a notch and started bolting fifty cal machine guns onto a cruise liner instead.
     
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    its good to see someones checking what theyre upto........killing of this type should not be allowed
     
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    Looks like a war is about start.
     
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    Now that is an old and sore wound that could be reopened.............
     
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    RE: Giving in to U.S. pressure and worldwide criticism, Japan's government on Friday announced a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will not kill the threatened species as originally planned. The fleet will, however, kill some 935 minke whales, a smaller, more plentiful species, and 50 fin whales.

    Maybe we can get them, the scandinavians, and the inuit to stop entirely.
     
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    I remember last time I lived in Japan, there was a news story about a dead whale washing up on shore, but before scientists could get their to find out what killed it, the locals had cut it up and brought it home to eat.

    I love Japan, but there are a few things I just don't get.

    The whole East Asian moral ambiguity towards the Shark Fin industry really bugs me, too.
     
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    Now that is another deplorable waste of marine life. I rememeber seeing some footage of a fishing ship throwing finless sharks off the side. It was quite sickening to see especially as it was obvious they were still very much alive.
     
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    They actually throw the finless bodies off the ship in order to let them bleed out in the water, which attracts more sharks to be harvested.
     
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    I would like for them to stop hunting whales but I'm conflicted about the "pressure" being put upon them. How many land mammals does USA slaughter every day? And I eat some of those dead mammals; and so I have a major internal conflict going on.

    For a non-threatened species, is it hypocritical for Western countries to "pressure" them? OTOH, many of the whale species are threatened and that's a different matter.

    About shark finning: That really bothers me since -- as I understand it -- they cut off the fins and tails then toss the still-living shark into water. The shark suffocates due to being unable to swim. Even if one doesn't eat fish, it isn't hypocritical to object to that. Worse yet some of the shark species are endangered.
     
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    RE: I would like them to stop hunting whales but I'm conflicted about the "pressure" being put upon them. How many land mammals does USA slaughter every day? And I eat some of those dead mammals; and so I have a major internal conflict going on.

    Not quite the same ... more on a par with cannibalism ... the same week that the "heroes" actress generated publicity about the japanese dolphin slaughter, the networks were reporting the story of the California surfer who was saved from death by a shark, which echoed another such incident in Australian waters ... the list goes on through history ... cetaceans preceded us in sentience by millions of years, and were obviously performing acts of altruism long before our ancestors climbed down from the trees
     
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    We are talking about a couple of endangered species here, not a bloody battery hen or beef steer.
     
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    Not all species of whale are endangered nor threatened. If it's a non-threatened species then it's difficult for me to criticize hunting them.
     
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    Everyone knows that you can not ship a shadow, as soon as you open the box the shadow will be gone.:wink:
     
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    It has long been Australian policy when finding illegal and foreign fishermen in Australian waters to destroy the ships and send crews back to their country.
    These include the shark fin boats.
     
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