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Posted in: One year after 'Cove' Oscar, activists shift tactics See in context

Mr.Dog,

sea Shepherd, Eyes on Taiji, and Taiji Action Group have abided by all Japanese laws. How can they harass? All they do is show the world what is happening. If the 24 Taiji fishermen were proud of their trade, no tarps would be necessary.

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Posted in: One year after 'Cove' Oscar, activists shift tactics See in context

Arrestpaul,

While there may only be a handful of VOCAL Japanese against the drive kills, there are only two dozen fishermen in the WHOLE country doing it. Doesn't seem worth the bad will. If they are so proud of it, why do they hide it under tarps and blocking access to public areas?

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Posted in: One year after 'Cove' Oscar, activists shift tactics See in context

zenny11

Taiji was singled out because they're the only ones in Japan who do drive kills. I don't agree that other villages would do it if Taiji quit. If others viewed it as a positive thing and a money maker,they would have already set themselves up to compete with Taiji.

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Posted in: One year after 'Cove' Oscar, activists shift tactics See in context

Taiji is the last village in Japan to use drive killing. It is hardly cultural when: a) it relies on power boats and b) so few people do it. Dolphin capture is not traditional either. It is a new phenomenon.

Dalton was not referring to drive kills, he was referring to dolphinariums. If Taiji were so proud of drive kills why do they go to great lengths to conceal it and lie about how humane it is?

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Posted in: One year after 'Cove' Oscar, activists shift tactics See in context

As with other mammal hunting and even most fishing, Japan should establish size limits in addition to number limits for taking of dolphins. No young should be taken. And drive kills should be prohibited as cruel. Sea Shepherd video taken this year shows the claim that current killing techniques are nearly instantaneous is a lie.

Japan should prohibit the capture of wild dolphin. They should follow the trend of most of the developed nations of only allowing captively bred dolphins to fulfill the needs of the industry. Although I am against dolphin captivity except for rehabilitation, I think this would be a reasonable step in the right direction.

Nearly half of all wild dolphin captured die in their first year in captivity and those that survive last only 8 years on average. There is no need to capture wild dolphins for the dolphinariums. Ther is sufficient captive breeding stock.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

Jellois,

"I just don't like the idea that someone can just come in and tell me what I can and can not eat." There are lots of rules that dictate what we can and can't eat. In Southern California we can't catch and eat abalone. In the States, selling whale meat is prohibited.

You dont like people telling you what you can and can't eat, but you don't mind that Japan is poaching whales in a Whale Sanctuary?

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

888naf,

Yes, the IWC signed a resolution against Japan's whaling in the Southern Sanctuary and they signed a resolution agianst JARPA II (the so called "research" that Japan hides behind to poach whales). The UN recognizes the IWC. Perhaps Japan should just withdraw from both orgs just to satisfy this unhealthy (and unpopular) obsession with cultural whale poaching.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

wakawaka,

"only doing it for science" good laugh. Thanks.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

arrestpaul,

The whalers could have prevented any harassment by ending their poaching. They chose to respond to harassment with violence aimed specifically at the Sea Shepherd crew, including a helicopter pilot who just recorded events and spotted for Sea Shepherd.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

888naf,

No world wide body could function under your definition or constraints. I would venture there is no clear mandate on the overwhelming majority of international agreements and organizations. It is all about representatives of the nations, not actual votes of all the people in all the nations. Should we throw out all international law?

International laws and organization function by representatives of the world's nations. By that measure, the IWC (the governing international body in this case) has made its position clear. Japan poaches in defiance of the governing international body.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

arrestpaul,

By your measure there would be no world majority on any topic - the conclusion being all nations should do as they please.

As I stated there are multiple indicators of where the governments of the world sit on this issue. The IWC, the controlling international body on this topic, has already weighed in by a majority vote of its members. Japan poaches whales in defiance of the wishes of this organization, of which it is a member.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

Jellois,

You forgot to include the first part of the Sea Shepherd message that first said they did not have the staff to respond to each email individually and that they welcome constructive criticism and opposing views. ...Pretty important part of the message to leave out.

This is not a case of Japan hunting animals on their sovereign land. These are animals that travel the waters of the world poached in international waters. The real point is that the IWC has condemned this whale poaching in two resolutions passed by a majority of its members. Japan should abide by this governing body.

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Posted in: Conservationists, Australian gov't not satisfied with Japan's whaling suspension See in context

Pro whalers ignore the obvious signs that the majority of the world is against whaling. The ignre the multiple resolutions passed by majority vote of the IWC members against Japanese activities in the Southern Whale Sanctuary. They ignore the call just last week by all the Latin Americamn members of the IWC to halt poaching in the Sanctuary. And they ignore the millions of dollars pouring into Sea Shepherd. The signs are there, but pro whalers choose to ignore the elephant in the room.

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Posted in: Battle at sea See in context

Tokyo Dave,

The poachers lie now by saying it is not whaling. They should say they are whaling (poaching) and they happen to gather data on their poached whales.

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Posted in: Battle at sea See in context

Go Sea Shepherd! Stop the poaching under the guise of "research". The IWC and it's Scientific Committee have denounced this lethal "research". Another harpoon vessel taken out of the hunt is a good thing.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

Potsu,

What is bizarre is public subsidization of whale hunts that the world is against when there is not demand enough for the hunts to be self sustaining. What is bizarre is the lack of empathy for a method of hunting that regularly results in a cruel, slow, painful death. Sting is obviously sensitive to Japanese "culture" if you call eating whale a definitive "cultural" element , otherwise, I am sure he would be less supportive of the "dialog" approach.

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Posted in: Palin explains 'blood libel' comment See in context

Yabits,

You turn a blind eye to liberal attacks on conservatives. This past week, your buddies in Congress equated those opposed to Obamacre to NAZIs. That was AFTER the call for more civil discourse. Conservatives have been vilified as racists. The name calling is on both sides. It's part of our current political environment. Giffords shooter is a whacko. He hates conservatives too. Should we blame the rhetoric of the left for that?

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Posted in: Giffords leaves hospital in Arizona See in context

I agree the political rhetoric in the US is a bit over the top, but I don't blame incidents like the Gifford case on it. The shooter is a nut.

I do find it interesting that the party casting blame and asking for more civil discourse just this week equated those opposed to Obamacare to NAZIs.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

David,

Not sure what your comment has anything to do with the article. Sting, Rick and Sea Shepherd continue to keep the issue in public eye. As long as folks like Sting keep it in the limelight, the tarps of the dolphin killers will fail to hide the atrocities. I believe the Japanese people are more sophisticated than the advocates of dolphin drive kills. If you believe the culture angle, do a statistically significant and valid poll of the Japanese people and ask: Do you eat dolphin meat? Do you support drive killing to get the dolphin meat?

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

ossan

You put words in my mouth. As usual there are many approaches taken by different groups that are opposed to dolphin drive kills and capture. I think there are many paths to the same end. having witnessed the drive kills, I support those who oppose these heinous practices, and I support multiple approaches that do not risk injury of humans.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

Having worked on farms growing up and having hunted as a teenager, I never witnessed the cruelty and brutality that I have witnessed in the dolphin drive kills in Taiji. The dolphin killers in Taiji have attempted to mislead then world calling their methods swift and humane when they clearly are neither. And then trying to call recent modern activities "tradition". They have no credibility. They hide behind tarps in a vain attempt to shield the public from the truth.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

As the dolphin killers have said multiple times their killing methods are fast and painless. It wasn't true when they filmed the Cove and as Sea Shepherd showed, it is no more truer today. Don't try to say it is fast and humane when it is not. No one can trust their statements anymore since they've clearly misrepresented the truth twice now. And please, drive kills are not a tradition. Capturing dolphins for shows is not tradition. Lame excuse.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

Go Sting! Expose the truth and let the Japanese public weigh in. I am sure they are not that different than the rest of the world when it comes to cruelty to these intelligent creatures.

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Posted in: Sting meets dolphin advocate Ric O'Barry; advocates debate See in context

Not quite, Mike. I read that Sting does not think "forcing an opinion down the throats of the Japanese" will work. His approach seems to be to expose the truth and let the Japanese people come to their own conclusions.

You seem to be forcing your opinions into others words, contrary to what they have explicitly stated. The flapping around of paniced, frightened, pain-stricken, slowly dieing dolphins seems to be an inconvenient truth that you prefer would not get out.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

Mike,

The IWC was born long before the save the whales movement to protect dwindling whale populations. And some Western nations were still hunting when it was formed. I don't consider whales cute, but they are worth protecting. Several hundred thousand Minke Whales is not a huge population over the area they are spread over. It is a drop in the bucket compared to the human population.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

Mike

No one is screaming about it. In fact Sea Shepherd seems to be reveling in it due to the PR value. But it IS disingenuous to try to take the legal high road and then resort to aggressive offensive and, as in the case of the Ady Gil, life threatening tactics.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

Ossan,

Sorry Ossan, you have went way overboard on killing every whale they saw. They could not hunt the fast whales. That is why Minke whales are so abundant when the others were nearly driven to extinction. They also were not able to kill every whale in a pod. If you've read any of the accounts of whalers, in the days of sail you will read of sightings with no kill. Also, sea creatures can hear sailing vessels. You'll have to tell the dolphins that dance under the bow of my sail boat, that they didn't locate me by the sound of the hull against the water.

I do grasp the impact of western whaling as you call it, though Australia is not so far West. But it came to an end. As far as the US goes, I believe the last commercial kill was 1921. It was a much different world back then.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

Jkanda,

Whales are a world resource, not a Japanese resource. To act otherwise is either arrogance or ignorance. And Sea Shepherd has proven effective ... Not futile... by The ICRs own admission.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

Ossan,

The American whalers only killed every whale they could catch. Which back then was not every one they saw. They also risked their lives getting there and back. now you kick back in a high speed diesel boat that goes faster than any whale can go and then you launch (not throw) an explosive tipped harpoon into an exhausted whale that cannot outpace the boat. The Japanese kill infant whales and pregnant females. There is a much published picture of a female and her calf being hauled up the ramp on a Japanese factory vessel. I thought the Japanese were researching them primarily not for food. And they are not eating all the meat they are storing a large amount of the meat.

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Posted in: Japanese whalers, activists clash off Antarctica See in context

David,

You don't need to kill whales to understand the population trends. There are non-lethal ways to do that. You may get some useful data from lethal kills BUT: is the data in the end worth the killing. The IWC has repeatedly said "no". Those supporting Green Peace, Sea Shepherd and others are saying "no". Whales are a world resource not a Japanese resource - escpecially in the Southern Sanctuary.

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