Nobody seems willing to enforce international treaties. People have tried for years to make this happen, but it doesn't. At this point, vigilanteeism is all we have. Given that it is as non-violent as it can be, I think this is necessary.
Either scientists are unduly alarmist about the state of the biosphere, or it is time to undertake drastic action. Which is it?
Nobody here is saying he's good PR. We're saying he's good at stopping Japanese whaling.
There aren't enough fish or whales in the sea for every human on earth.
Just my luck: they're out of the whale ovary. I get me a big, juicy, red-meat whale steak. I get some whale heart too. And, of course, the sea pineapple, which comes with a little dipping bowl of su, rice-wine vinegar. I'm living. And what more fitting an end than whale ice cream, made with green-tea powder and whale morsels? Mmm, no?
Sea pineapple, good. Whale heart, bad. The ice cream, I don't remember.
I want to know what kind of whale I've eaten. Eva-san talks to the boss.
"Minke. A sort of small baleen."
I want to know what kind of whale makes for the best grub. Eva-san talks to the boss. He makes a forlorn gesture to a poster on the wall that pictures all the species of whales in the sea, and, forlornly, he expounds awhile.
The great blue whale, the largest animal that has ever lived, is by far the best, he says. But, as it's considered one of the world's most endangered species, it has been unobtainable for more than 35 years. I feel for the guy.
called out Watson as a liar for fabricating an encounter with a Oglala Lakota elder at Wounded Knee who supposedly naturalized Watson as an Oglala with an honorary name. The elder referenced in the fabricated encounter was with Churchill's father.
In a statement dated May 9, 2005, and posted on its website, the United Keetoowah Band initially said, "The United Keetoowah Band would like to make it clear that Mr. Churchill IS NOT a member of the Keetoowah Band and was only given an honorary 'associate membership' in the early 1990s because he could not prove any Cherokee ancestry." The tribe said that all of Churchill's "past, present and future claims or assertions of Keetoowah 'enrollment,' written or spoken, including but not limited to; biographies, curriculum vitae, lectures, applications for employment, or any other reference not listed herein, are deemed fraudulent by the United Keetoowah Band."
What I'm having a harder time understanding is where the obviously deep passion against Watson is coming from - so deep that it's bleeding into what looks like actual support for whaling because Watson happens to be a jerk.
There are only 1000 blue whales left. I don't care what tropes they use or how shamless they are or how offensive they get. At this point they have my go ahead to attach RPGs to those jet skis.
I tend to think you've left the moral high ground far behind when you've taken to adopting the tactics and behaviors of anti-abortion protesters.
The japanese whaling industry gives two shits about the population status of the whales they hunt. As evidenced above by taking several endangered and vulnerable species. They take more minke because there are more minke, but I don't doubt for a second that they'd hunt them to near extinction if they could.
But I guess my point is the "well we eat pigs!" argument doesn't really work as a defense of eating every other animal regardless of intelligence; you can certainly can draw a line* that puts chimps off limits but permits pigs.
That reaction you feel when the tactics or personalities of an advocate group turns you off to a cause you would normally support -- I believe we call that "not thinking".
The real interesting part about whale brains is not only are they big, they have a big cerebral cortex - just like ours. They also have a kind of neuron that has only been found in humans, whales, apes and elephants - all animals considered to be intelligent.
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