Whaling

I wanna try a whale burger

Michael Evans discusses being at the top of the food chain.

Sitting atop the food chain is a hand-wringing place to be.

Oh, the daily angst of deciding which fellow beast from the animal kingdom should be slaughtered to ensure my survival.

Excuse my existential dilemma as I wipe the pork fat from my lips and devour a chicken leg before tossing the bone to the pooch at my feet. Lucky hound – how did he get to be domesticated rather than filleted anyway? Best not take him on holiday to Asia.

Funny how we humans make the rules about what we can – and can’t – eat.

Nice to see the Sea Shepherd pirates have had their money cut off

Sea Shepherd flag flying on the RV Farley Mowat.

Sea Shepherd flag flying on the RV Farley Mowat. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

Sea Shepherd is on the bludge again after money dried up once they were declared pirates by a US court…good job.

 

Sea Shepherd says it needs more financial support to get all its ships in action against the Japanese whaling fleet next season.

The group confronts the Japanese whaling fleet every year in the Southern Ocean.

In February, a Court of Appeal judge in the United States likened Sea Shepherd to pirates and ordered the organisation to keep a distance from the fleet.¬† Read more »

Cry Baby of the Day

Paul Watson, founder and President of environmental group Sea Shepherd Conservation

Cry-Baby: Paul Watson

The incident: Eco-Terrorist and fugitive Paul Watson and his little band of pirates had their ships run over by law abiding Japanese whalers going about their legal business in the Southern Ocean.

“The Nisshin Maru has rammed the Steve Irwin and the Bob Barker, but both vessels continue to hold their positions,” Paul Watson, the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society which runs the protest boats, said.

Watson also accused Japanese coastguard personnel of throwing concussion grenades at their protest ships during a confrontation in the frigid waters near Antarctica and said the Bob Barker was taking on water in its engine room at one stage.¬† Read more »

Biofuel from Whale Oil

This will upset the green taliban, though what could they possibly object to about biofuels:

Kristjan Loftsson plans to kill 150 fin whales this year (Anton Brink)

Kristjan Loftsson plans to kill 150 fin whales this year (Anton Brink)

AN ICELANDIC entrepreneur has created a new ‚Äúbiofuel‚ÄĚ using whale oil ‚ÄĒ which he then uses to power his whale-hunting ships.

Kristjan Loftsson, who runs a business catching fin whales around Iceland, claims his biofuel, a mixture of 20% whale oil and 80% diesel, is the world’s greenest.

Loftsson says the oil is doubly environmentally friendly because he uses geothermal energy from Iceland‚Äôs volcanic vents to melt the whale carcasses to extract the oil.¬† Read more »

I agree with the Green Taliban today

yushin

via: advocacy.britannica.com

As you know, I love my meat, and there is absolutely no love lost between me and the Green Taliban, but in this case we find ourselves on the same side of an issue. ¬† ¬† Read more »

The pirate Paul Watson still runs and hides like a coward

Paul Watson talks the big game…but when it comes to his own skin is nothing but a big coward as he stays in international waters to avoid capture.

He should be arrested in Australia if he comes ashore and the same goes for here. Anyone who flies the jolly roger and attacks ships on the high seas is a pirate:

A DIPLOMATIC headache is developing for the federal government as ground is laid for the wanted Sea Shepherd leader, Paul Watson, to come ashore in Australia.

Mr Watson is wanted by Japan over his Antarctic anti-whaling campaigns, and after skipping bail in Germany has been at sea for months to avoid arrest.

No surprises that the Green taliban of Australia is sticking up for the pirate.¬† Read more »

Whaling

There are two stories in the NZ Herald this morning about Whaling.

Firstly there is some outrage that South Korea wants to resume whaling.

South Korea says that it planned to start whaling through a loophole that allows the killing of whales for scientific research, following the lead of Japan’s controversial expeditions.

At talks of the International Whaling Commission in Panama, South Korean delegates said they would submit future whaling plans to a scientific committee of the global body and were not looking for approval by other nations.

The announcement immediately triggered criticism by Australia, New Zealand and other anti-whaling nations that have long been infuriated by Japan’s whaling expeditions in Antarctic waters.

Then there is outrage that Maori are being prevented from whaling.

Matiu Rei, chairman of Te Ohu Kaimoana which advocates for Maori fisheries rights, addressed the International Whaling Commission earlier this week and discussed the indigenous whaling catch.

The IWC members voted 48-10 to set quotas for the next six years. Caribbean nation St Vincent and the Grenadines will now be able to kill up to 24 humpback whales between 2013-2018 while Russia’s Inuits and other indigenous people can hunt up to 744 gray whales. Native Alaskans can kill up to 336 bowhead whales over the same period.

Mr Rei told the IWC which met in Panama City: “It is ironic that countries that have grossly exploited whales for uses other than food and utensils are now imposing their newly acquired ‘values’ on cultures that continue to suffer the effects and symptoms of colonial exploitation.”

Indigenous peoples were reduced to “groups that must seek permission to continue these traditions – from those whose tastes have changed with the wind – [it] is quite simply degrading”, he said.

“This commission is already a tool for limiting indigenous traditions through its quotas. Please … let them [indigenous peoples] continue to practice their traditions and exercise their customary rights.”

Let me get this straight…we are outraged and condemn South Korea talking of starting whaling, but supportive of whaling if Maori do it?

Riiiight…either whaling is terrible and no one can do it, or we allow whoever wants to go whaling to do so but with set limits. It is stupid to have a halfway house of mock outrage.

Wrong Mission

Gareth Hughes wants the NZ Defence Force to send ships to the Southern Ocean in order to protect protestors:

Parliament will be presented with proposed legislation which would see the New Zealand Defence Force monitor Japan’s annual whale slaughter on the southern seas.

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes is penning a private members’ bill which would seek to amend the Defence Act 1990.

The modification would see a Naval vessel accompany the Japanese hunting fleet, a move Hughes said would ensure the safety of protest vessels trying to disrupt the whaling.

The mooted law change will be placed into the private members’ bill ballot when Parliament resumes next month.

”Arguably it is one of the functions under the Defence Act anyway. But this would just make it explicit,” Hughes told Fairfax Media.

”It shows New Zealanders care and we are sending a strong message to Japan. It is like when [Norman] Kirk first sent a frigate to Mururoa Atoll .th.th. it is about bearing witness to an environmental crime.”

A better mission for the NZ Defence forces would be to protect legitimate ship owners conducting legal fishing activities from the depredations of pirates and vandals.

The flying of a skull and crossbones without Letters of Marque means you are a pirate, attacking and boarding vessels illegally means you are a pirate. Pirates are the scourge of the ocean:

Piracy is the name of a specific crime under customary international law and also the name of a number of crimes under the municipal law of a number of States. It is distinguished from privateering, which is authorized by national authorities and therefore a legitimate form of war-like activity by non-state actors. Privateering is considered commerce raiding, and was outlawed by the Peace of Westphalia (1648) for signatories to those treaties.

Sea Shepherd meets all the legal requirements fro being described as pirates. Piracy is an act of robbery or criminal violence at sea. Sea Shepherd in boarding vessels, preventing them going about their lawful undertakings and attempting to halt their sea going progress is committing acts of piracy.

If Gareth Hughes wants the Navy to go down tot eh Southern ocean then let them go down there to arrest pirates.

Oh what a shame

I’m not going to shed a tear for pirate organisation Sea Shepherd as their ship looks like it is going down.

Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd’s scout vessel Brigitte Bardot has a widening crack in its hull and is being pounded by heavy seas about 2400km southwest of Fremantle.

Its South African captain Jonathan Miles Renecle was confident the ship, which has a 10-member crew, would stay afloat until it was reached by Sea Shepherd flagship Steve Irwin.

Captain Paul Watson, on board the Steve Irwin, said his ship was fighting heavy seas and was expected to take 20 hours to reach the distressed vessel, about 390km to the southeast.

The 35-metre Brigitte Bardot, an advanced design monohull vessel with twin outer pontoons, had been pursuing¬†Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru in six-metre swells. A rogue wave slammed into the Brigitte Bardot’s port side, cracking the hull and severely damaging one of its pontoons.

“The crack has been getting wider as the seas continue to pound the vessel,” Sea Shepherd said.

Whaling at School

Heard of Planking?…lots of fuss about that…can’t see why, looks silly, certainly isn’t something to die for.

Anyway for those concerned with safety now there is Whaling…that is getting a photo of a Killer Whale, or the Whaleoil blog site in a everyday situation.

Here are a couple of young fans in their classroom at school learning about something sensible instead of the normal dribble taught by pinko teachers.

Whaling at School

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