Victory !!

“Japan will cut short this year’s annual whale hunt in the Antarctic Ocean after obstruction by an environmental group largely prevented its ships from killing whales, the government said Friday.” Read about in in the New York Times. By Martin Fackler.

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Earlier in this blog. 11/30/10.  Has the Japanese Whaling Fleet Surrendered? By Ken Cole.

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Ralph Maughan

Dr. Ralph Maughan is professor emeritus of political science at Idaho State University with specialties in natural resource politics, public opinion, interest groups, political parties, voting and elections. Aside from academic publications, he is author or co-author of three hiking/backpacking guides, and he is President of the Western Watersheds Project.

13 Responses to With Whaling Ships Under Attack, Japan Will Recall Fleet

  1. avatar Peter Kiermeir says:

    Hats off! These guys did an outstanding job!

  2. avatar Immer Treue says:

    Of all the offenses against any type of wild animal, and there are many, the continued rationale for hunting of Cetaceans is perhaps one of the most baffling.

    • avatar william huard says:

      Japan says hunting whales is “humane”. They have this arrogant attitude where they are shocked when anyone questions why they deserve unfettered access to all marine resources on the planet.

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Can’t wait to watch the next season.

    • avatar jon says:

      me too. sea shepard are the true fighters for the whales. I hope whale hunting is banned in the near future! there is no excuse for slaughtering magnificent animals like whales and dolphins.

    • avatar Phil says:

      Mike: I hope eventually there is no more “Whale Wars”, because that would signify the end of the killing of the whales by the Japanese.

  4. avatar Ken Cole says:

    As a friend of mine said, “direct action gets the goods”.

    Greenpeace has been raising money on this issue for years and they haven’t even bothered to send any ships down to the southern ocean for the last few years. Instead, they tried to get an agreement signed which would have lowered the quota to half of what the Japanese had set even though Sea Shepherds had already accomplished that. This year they hounded them from the very beginning and have likely shut them down entirely. Meanwhile, Greenpeace is sucking the funding well dry so that they can send origami whales to Obama.

    Doesn’t that sound familiar?

  5. avatar Mtn Mama says:

    Thank You Sea Shepherds! The Sea Shepherds and The Buffalo Field Campaign are perfect examples of effective civil disobedience in action.

  6. avatar Phil says:

    This is really good news. I support and am proud of the Sea Shepherd’s actions.

    William: Japan says they kill whales for scientific purposes, kind of like how hunters were proposing to kill wolves for scientific research. We all know that is a load of garbage. They use the meat of the whales in their meat markets but hide the facts behind the “scientific purposes”. Japan and China are large killers of whales and dolphins. The majority of the people, from what I have read about, that live in the countries are not in favor of the government’s killings of the two Cetaceans, but they are not aware of what product of meat they buy that consists of dolphin or whale flesh. From a story I read a few months back, it is not labeled whale or dolphin meat, they hide the facts in giving it another less distinguishing name.

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‎"At some point we must draw a line across the ground of our home and our being, drive a spear into the land and say to the bulldozers, earthmovers, government and corporations, “thus far and no further.” If we do not, we shall later feel, instead of pride, the regret of Thoreau, that good but overly-bookish man, who wrote, near the end of his life, “If I repent of anything it is likely to be my good behaviour."

~ Edward Abbey

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