Posted on March 17, 2013 by David
On February 25th, the Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit reversed a district court’s order denying the Japanese whaling fleet’s preliminary injunction and dismissing its piracy claims. The Institute of Cetacean Research kills thousands of whales every year in the Southern Ocean under the pre-textual guise of “research,” despite the uncontested fact that the whale meat is sold for human consumption. Despite a moratorium on whaling, the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling allows its member nations to issue whaling permits for research purposes. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, lead by ex-Greenpeace member Paul Watson, operates a number of vessels whose purpose is to disrupt the whaling efforts of the Japanese fleet. Sea Shepherd employs tactics such as disabling boat propellers, firing smoke canisters at whaler decks, and ramming whaling vessels. Sea Shepherd justifies its actions by arguing that no government will enforce the whaling moratorium, therefore they are doing so on behalf of the whales. This struggle is the subject of the Discovery channel television show, Whale Wars.
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Posted on August 15, 2010 by David
Not too long ago, I blogged about the duplicity of Japan’s “research” hunting of whales. The practice is little more than a disingenuous attempt to circumvent the global ban on whale killing by pretending the slaughter has some scientific purpose. I called on the rest of the world to repudiate such tactics and to hold them up to public scrutiny and scorn.
Then, a few weeks ago, a federal judge in the U.S. ruled that gray wolf hunts in the Northern Rockies violated the Endangered Species Act. Guess what then happened: U.S. wildlife officials proposed a “research hunt” to kill the wolves. Apparently, their idea was that it was okay to kill listed species as long as you claimed a scientific reason for doing so. You know, just like they do in Japan with the whales. (more…)
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Posted on June 24, 2010 by David
The perseverating continues about whether to `compromise´and allow some whaling in exchange for countries like Iceland, Norway and Japan agreeing to slaughter fewer whales in fewer places. Even some major environmental organizations, including Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, have signed on. As Stephanie Ernst points out, there is a dangerous ethical compromise in acquiescing to the killing of some in exchange for the survival of others. (more…)
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Posted on May 16, 2010 by David
The hoo-ha is growing over the recent proposal by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to lift the existing outright ban on whaling in exchange for the scofflaw nations (Japan, Norway & Iceland) ceasing “scientific whaling” (in the case of Japan) and getting to kill more of some different kinds of whales (in the case of Norway & Iceland). Scientific whaling is simply the slaughter of whales under the guise of research. It’s a loophole in the IWC ban that insults the intelligence of anyone who believes that words (like science) ought to have meaning. Last year, of the 1700 whales killed by the 3 whale-killing countries, roughly half were killed by Japan in the name of “science.” Even the Japanese recognize the silliness of this approach. (more…)
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