The whale that inspired Greenpeace
The organization that would become Greenpeace
started off as an advocate for peace and as an anti-nuclear group. It expanded its activities into fighting whaling and had a major influence on the virtual cessation of the commercial fishing of whales which made Greenpeace a household name. That change in direction can be traced to a single whale. Allow me to introduce to you, Skana.
A case currently before the International Court of Justice
by New Zealand) seeking to either stop
the flagrant abuse of a loophole
in the International Whaling Commission's rules by Japan, or a nasty cultural imperialist
to suppress a sustainable
, ancient tradition
of killing whales with factory ships around Antarctica
You can watch Court arguments here
All you "Talk like a pirate day"
keyboard swashbucklers take heed: The Sea Shepherd Society's
flagship Farley Mowat is now officialy a pirate vessel
after Canada, Britain, and Belize revoked their registration. As the Japanese winter Antarctic whale hunting season begins (previously)
, the M/V Farley Mowat is setting sail to meet them, armed with a hydraulic "can opener" battering ram
, a pie cannon
, and moral conviction
. With the Japanese whaling fleet now majority owned by the Japanese government
, a subject of international diplomatic intrigue
, and after last year's confrontations
, this could get ugly!
Now you too can feed your pet endangered meats!
Meat from whales caught under Japan's "research" programme is so abundant that it is being sold as pet food. </one link newsFilter>
Got access to a daily satellite feed? Win $10 000.
Not quite Sink the Bismarck
, but the Sea Shepherds
have offered a $10 000 reward for anyone who can tell them where the Japanese whaling fleet is this summer, as it prepares to scientifically study 950 minke and fin whales
Japan leads move to cut whaling by Artic natives
[nytimes, reg. req.]. After being defeated in recent I.W.C. votes Japan wins one.
Japan To Host IWC Meeting in Whaling Port . . .the sheer volume of food they [whales] need has actually become a threat to the ocean environment.
Apparently they feel that when the rest of the world gets to taste whale bacon, or whale soup, they will suddenly realize who stupid we've been in banning commercial whaling.
Am I hypocritical in eating tuna or salmon, but being horrified with the potential resumption of commercial whaling?