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stop the killing of 73 Million Shark's annually.

Sea Shepherd is quiet about that

No they're not. You'll remember that the charges that got Watson on the Interpol Red List were related to his alleged ramming of a vessel engaged in illegal shark finning.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/antiwhaling-activist-paul-watson-arrested-for-ramming-boat-10-years-ago-7746817.html

http://www.seashepherd.org/sharks/what-can-be-done.html

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It"S ME

Preserving the marine eco-system by starting to stop the killing of 73 Million Shark's annually.

Sea Shepherd is quiet about that as is Australia, etc as it is good money for therm and easier to get support from so called 'intelligent' creature's that don't use tools nor build anything like so called 'dumb' animals. The call like before will fall again on the deaf ears of the Heroes.

Fail ! Go and have a look at their website before accusing !

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overchanDEC. 20, 2013 - 09:50PM JST Japan shpuld do what russia did and imprison all of them

Why? Why such a ruthless attitude towards Sea Shephard? Is it the media's fault? People love to hate people who go against the crowd? Hate radical people? Is it social conditioning from childhood that being "naughty" or "bad" should be punished?

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What about the Scandinavian countries that are whaling????? Why only japan gets targeted? Whaling was done for a long time by the Scandinavian nations. I had to take some whale oil in winter as a prevention against colds!ma long time ago.......

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Japan should not be allowed to continue their whaling traditions in this day and age... Whales are not crucial in Japanese diet only a tiny group of people look for it and so called 'scientific research' is bunch of bull too.. It s totally unacceptable for handful of countries permanently altering he oceans ecosystem because of their greed and stubborn ways of past culture.

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Love your work, Sea Shepherd. Give 'em hell!

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Best of luck to you, Sea Shepherd. Send them home as empty-handed as possible. What these so called anti-whaling nations should be going is demanding Japan desist from aggressive behaviour against Sea Shepherd vessles

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FYI, the Japanese whalers are not hunting endangered type of whales. But you knew that right? I guess not! LOL

Endangered or not isn't the point - it's the fact that they are being hunted at all.

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I never said anything about selfishness being bad? But you shouldn't use a term if you don't know how to use it properly.

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After reading comments on this site, apparently, a lot of people believe that if you don't agree with established laws, it is acceptable to resort to violence and breaking other laws, rather than going through lawful procedures-- if you think due process will not go your way or will take too long. ...scary stuff.

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"They urged the masters of all vessels involved to do everything to prevent collisions “in order to avoid the risk of loss of life or injury and damage to property or the marine environment”.

The only ships that are deliberately going over to the other ships to harass and interfere with their operations is Sea Shepherd. By subterfuge, SS Australia is acting for SSCS USA which is not permitted to go within proximity of the whalers by order of a US Federal Court.

This is tantamount to watching a bully pick on a kid in the schoolyard and the teacher scolding both of them that they must not fight.

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But really it is themselves that is at the greatest risk of injury - they are not out to hurt the Japanese

Yet they constantly throw glass projectiles, have arrows etc. Whilst it may not be their intention to hurt the Japanese it's clear that their actions are likely to injure if not worse.

The fact that the consequences have not been realized is irrelevant.

How would you react if Japan walked into India and started killing tigers, or began hunting pandas in China?

The last time I checked both India and China were sovereign countries and not international waters. About as relevant as you linking the SS to Rosa Parks really.

Okay, the Japanese are not killing a wild animal in another country, but does that make it right?

No different to any other country fishing in international waters.

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Personally, I'd like Japan to stop whaling because replenishing the stocks of whales is not as easy as breeding land-based animals. So, the chance for stock recovery is not quite as high. With that said, I'd love to work on a whaling boat if only for the fact that I could get to sling some stuff back at the SS crew.

Whalers, I've got a helluvan arm and tons of experience on boats if you need a hand.

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@tinawatanabe Here you been to a western country? Fur coats are totally socially taboo.

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Okay, I'm wrong. Apparently fur is back in fashion again according to Mr. Google. Nevertheless Tina, why would SS wives or husbands (there are a lot of women in SS including a few Japanede) be wearing fur?! Why this ridiculous image that SS members are somehow rich?

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Kobuta ChanDEC. 21, 2013 - 02:43AM JST I believe Sea Shepherd Anti-Whaling group will stay away from Whaling Ship if the Whaling ship was Russia own.

just like the Japanese fishermen's don't go into the Russians waters 2 Km from Hokkaido? hehehehe

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They should use stealthy ship to fish, so the anti-whaling group will not detect them and there will be no longer any violence. Another idea is to make the process easier and put the whales in cans for direct consuming.

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Preserving the marine eco-system by starting to stop the killing of 73 Million Shark's annually.

Sea Shepherd is quiet about that as is Australia, etc as it is good money for therm and easier to get support from so called 'intelligent' creature's that don't use tools nor build anything like so called 'dumb' animals.

The call like before will fall again on the deaf ears of the Heroes.

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Wow, if this doesn't sow the bias against Japan, I don't know what else to say.

Instead of outright condemning sea shepherd for prodding and baiting Japanese whaling ships into violence, with violent acts, they have to put in a 'safe' generic warning, telling both sides to refrain from violence.

How about, criticizing sea shepherd itself/

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Igloo - Al wards want to change the world as well, why did 7 you include them?

Gandhi - not violent

Dr Martin Luther King - not violent

Jane Goodall - not violent

Sea Shepherd - violent. Not to mention they throw glass bottles in the pristine arctic waters (illegal) and deliberately scuttle their boat. Even the other environmentalists are highly critical of their actions. Read Greenpeace's comments on them and their actions.

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I believe Sea Shepherd Anti-Whaling group will stay away from Whaling Ship if the Whaling ship was Russia own.

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arrestpaul Maybe you're not aware that the eco-terrorist SS proudly proclaim that their actions have sunk 10 vessels. The vessel's names are displayed on eco-terrorist SS garbage scows and eco-terrorist SS t-shirts. Violence is the normal response of the eco-terrorist SS.

I agree they have a dark past that I would not condone. But organisations change and they have toned it down a lot especially now that Watson is not at the helm. In the last campaign there was not throwing of anything (which has never really hurt anyone, though admittedly the potential is there). There main objective is to block Nishin maru from refueling or loading whalers. If you watch the latest Whale Wars program you will see the Japanese ramming SENTENCE STRUCTURE to get to the fuel tanker. They din't have to ram and almost sink them. Which party is the most dangerous?

Watson, his highly paid captains, and the ignorant, incompetent crews are all aware that they are going into harms way by sailing on eco-terrorist SS garbage scows. They left port knowing that they were expected to risk their lives to keep Watson in the lifestyle that he's become acustomed

Do you honestly believe members do this for money? That's laughable. They make almost nothing themselves, it all goes to all the equipment and fuel they have.

Have you ever watched Whale Wars? You will soon see the situation in a more balanced way if you did. I only wish more people did watch the evidence.

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T_rexmaxytimeDEC. 20, 2013 - 04:59PM JST igloobuyer FYI, the Japanese whalers are not hunting endangered type of whales. But you knew that right? I guess not! LOL

That is debatable.

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What do people not like about other people trying to make change for the good of other people and/or other animals. Do you realise you wouldn't have the privileged life you now have off it weren't for radical selfless people who take action?

Sea Shephard, you go!

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Play nice or you'll all get sent to the corner for a time out...

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Why? Why such a ruthless attitude towards Sea Shephard?

Because they are criminals.

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igloobuyer - Why? Why such a ruthless attitude towards Sea Shephard?

A day after the eco-terrorist SS left port in order to harrass and endanger the whalers, anti-whaling nations including the United States on Friday warned environmentalists and Japanese whalers against taking action that endangers human life. Coincidence? I don't think so. It's the long, proven, documented, established history of VIOLENCE BY THE ECO-TERRORIST SS that caused these nations to publically warn against MORE violence.

Maybe you're not aware that the eco-terrorist SS proudly proclaim that their actions have sunk 10 vessels. The vessel's names are displayed on eco-terrorist SS garbage scows and eco-terrorist SS t-shirts. Violence is the normal response of the eco-terrorist SS.

Repeatedly launching glass bottles of acid at whalers is encouraged by all of the eco-terrorist SS supporters who donate money to enable eco-terrorist SS violence. Shooting red phosphus flares at other vessels is also normal proceedure for eco-terrorist SS crews as is repeatedly trying to disable whaling vessels in the extremely dangerous waters near the Antarctic. Watson, his highly paid captains, and the ignorant, incompetent crews are all aware that they are going into harms way by sailing on eco-terrorist SS garbage scows. They left port knowing that they were expected to risk their lives to keep Watson in the lifestyle that he's become acustomed to.

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Heda_MadnessDEC. 21, 2013 - 03:03PM JST Is that the video where the Bob Barker positions itself between two vessels - one that was needing to refuel and the refueller? Pretty sure it's illegal to try and prevent a ship from refuelling. Given the potential consequences. I did find this video from 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeW1uFDDVO4 posted by the SS of the Steve Irwin ramming one of the Japanese boats. It's very difficult to claim that the SS does nothing wrong when they do things like that.

You know, when I first heard about Sea Shepherd I was skeptical. When I first watch the reality show Whale wars I was skeptical and thought they were too naive. But after living in Japan for a few years and working for the Japanese government I came to realize their whaling program is a complete waste of money and a farce frankly. Then I came to see Sea Shepherd in a completely different light; I began to support them despite their radical and often dangerous antics. But really it is themselves that is at the greatest risk of injury - they are not out to hurt the Japanese, just to stop them illegally and unnecessarily killing a wild animal.

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igloobuyer - I agree they have a dark past that I would not condone. But organisations change and they have toned it down a lot especially now that Watson is not at the helm. In the last campaign there was not throwing of anything (which has never really hurt anyone, though admittedly the potential is there). There main objective is to block Nishin maru from refueling or loading whalers. If you watch the latest Whale Wars program you will see the Japanese ramming SENTENCE STRUCTURE to get to the fuel tanker. They din't have to ram and almost sink them. Which party is the most dangerous?

.....Do you honestly believe members do this for money? That's laughable. They make almost nothing themselves, it all goes to all the equipment and fuel they have.

Have you ever watched Whale Wars? You will soon see the situation in a more balanced way if you did. I only wish more people did watch the evidence.

You're still justifying the repeated acts of volence committed by the eco-terrorist SS. You must believe that "violence is the answer".

Watson and his captain are being paid to attack and sink other vessels (Deeds vs words). The naive crews are volunteers who accept the fact that they are expected to risk their lives (aka die).

Watson "claims" that he has stepped down but Watson has a long history of lying. Only his fanatical supporters believe him. Watson will still be on the bridge of a eco-terrorist SS garbage scow while the eco-terrorist SS crews are throwing glass bottles of acid, shooting red phosporus flares, dragging propeller-snagging cables, and ramming the whalers.

I have seen Animal Planet's eco-terrorism and violence supporting Whale Wars show. The eco-terrorist crews are ingnorant and dangerous to themselves. They certainly should not be sailing anywhere near another vessel. They're going to kill someone.

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Japan shpuld do what russia did and imprison all of them

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Minke and Fin whales are not endangered. The North American wolf is.

People can eat whatever they want if it's not endangered.

Cows are pretty smart too. So are pigeons. Yummy.

I ate dog meat once. Not too bad. Rabbit is much better. Too cute?

Get off the high horses and be realists.

Don't eat whale or dolphin or TUNA or swordfish because of their high Mercury levels.

Compassion has nothing to do with the whale argument. At least it shouldn't.

Conservative utilization of marine resources and habitat should be our priority.

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Is that the video where the Bob Barker positions itself between two vessels - one that was needing to refuel and the refueller? Pretty sure it's illegal to try and prevent a ship from refuelling. Given the potential consequences.

I did find this video from 2012 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FeW1uFDDVO4 posted by the SS of the Steve Irwin ramming one of the Japanese boats.

It's very difficult to claim that the SS does nothing wrong when they do things like that.

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these countries should be referred to as "Pro-Whales" not 'anti-whaling'. They are the heroes in this conversation afterall....

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Politicians in Australia, New Zealand, America, and Japan talk a great deal about finding a diplomatic solution to solve the debate over whaling in the Southern Ocean and some believe that a diplomatic solution is the quickest way to solve the problem. However what does that really mean. If the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is a sanctuary as established under international law, then how could there be a diplomatic justification for violating a sanctuary? A sanctuary implies a zero quota or does that mean advocating the revocation of the sanctuary? Unfortunately diplomacy has failed for over two decades so a diplomatic solution is impossible because it is not logical. If that's the case then is a ecological solution workable to preserve the marine-eco system? I believe that means whaling should be prohibited. This issue has become so controversial. I wonder will they ever be able to solve this issue?

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I think most who are anti-Sea Shepard would change their minds after watching the evidence on whale wars. They're just a bunch of pretty average men and women who are passionate about the conservation of whales.

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Akkio

And radical selfless people? Grow up. This is in their own selfish interest. "I don't WANT whales to be killed", "I WANT to stop the Japanese whalers from doing so". Where is the selflessness? Choose your words before you use them.

IWell, 'll do my best to reply to that mostly incoherent and angry rant.

Okay, sure lets look at some other "selfish" people shall we?

Ghandi WANTED peace and freedom for India? He didn't WANT his people to be subjugated by colonialists Britain. Dr. King WANTED black people to be equal with white? Rosa Parks WANTED to sit on the bus as an equal with other Americans? Jane Goodall WANTED gorillas to survive and thrive

What horrible, evil, selfish, self-centred people they were. Not saying SS are the same scale of selfishness but still ..

We should have put all of them in prison as well, shouldn't we.

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igloobuyer

FYI, the Japanese whalers are not hunting endangered type of whales. But you knew that right? I guess not! LOL

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Not fail.

They have put up some stuff but NO recent activities are taken and I am talking more than shark-finning, some shark species are being considered close to extinction.

They have their monery-making pet-projects, btw the Humboldt squid shows the same level of intelligence as Wales.

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Society fail. They protest against whale-hunting but they don't do crap if an insect was stepped on. The SS are hypocrites through and through. And what's with this "Hero" crap? SS heroes? Don't joke. If they're willing to fire they should just take whatever comes at them. Whether it is a war or this kind of battle, the side that lasts the longest wins. Heroes? There are none. Good or bad? Face reality, "there is no good or bad, but thinking makes it so." @igloobuyer - Just a quick question, would you sacrifice one person if it meant saving the world? Just because people makes changes, it doesn't mean there are no sacrifices. Because of this future built on sacrifices, humanity is amazing as much as it is worthless. And radical selfless people? Grow up. This is in their own selfish interest. "I don't WANT whales to be killed", "I WANT to stop the Japanese whalers from doing so". Where is the selflessness? Choose your words before you use them.

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Do you honestly believe members do this for money? That's laughable.

Do you honesty believe your own drivel? Watson makes well over $100,000 a year, has most of his living expense paid for by the SSCS, makes money renting his own house to them as its HQ, gets most of his travel paid for and yet you claim 'they make almost nothing'.

Your definition of nothing sure sounds like more than what most people who support them make.

just to stop them illegally and unnecessarily killing a wild animal.

The whaling isn't illegal. And your opinion that it is unnecassary is just that, your opinion.

Personally, I'd like Japan to stop whaling because replenishing the stocks of whales is not as easy as breeding land-based animals. So, the chance for stock recovery is not quite as high.

During the almost 30 years since the moratorium and Japan starting their current research whaling every species they hunt has show either steady populations or increasing populations.

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the reckless and unlawful behavior is all on the part of the ecoterrorists. there is a way to protest that gathers sympathy, but what the sea shepard is doing is self-serving and only leads to the japanese government hardening its position. fanatacism is a losing formula.

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Both sides are dumb in my opinion. Whalers are nothing but cash grabbers and anti-whalers are nothing but hypocrities.

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Whalers should go to US , find an excellent law firm , sue SS and its organisation for loss of research effort...ships machines manpower time fuel etc...

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Wives of SS member do not wear fur coat? Many western people wear them. Do they know how many animals are killed for that?

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