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    Sea Shepherds 2013-14 Antarctic Anti-whaling Campaign

    Activists brace for 10th Antarctic battle
    15:29 Wed Dec 18 2013AAP

    Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says it expects aggressive tactics from Japanese whalers as it begins its 10th annual campaign to protect the giant mammals.
    Three Sea Shepherd boats - the Bob Barker, Steve Irwin and Sam Simon - are setting sail from Australia on Operation Relentless, in an effort to stop the culling of 1132 whales in the Antarctic.

    Sea Shepherd spokesman Adam Burling said he was expecting the whalers to attempt to flood the engines of the Bob Barker.

    "The Japanese have been increasing their aggressiveness these past few years," Mr Burling told AAP before it left Hobart on Wednesday.

    "They did a million and half (dollars) in damage to the Bob Barker last year."

    Japanese whalers and Sea Shepherd activists have clashed violently in exchanges that have seen stink bombs thrown at Japanese crew and water jets trained on protesters.

    The three ships will deploy inflatable Zodiacs to try to obstruct the whalers.

    Twenty-three nationalities are represented among the 100 Sea Shepherd crew members, including New Zealanders Timothy Evetts as communications officer on the Steve Irwin and Steven Trevella as a deckhand on the Bob Barker.

    Two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left the port of Shimonoseki on December 7 for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea.

    Japan says whales are studied as part of a bid by its whaling research institute to prove their populations can sustain commercial whaling.

    Activists charge Tokyo's "research whaling" is a cover for commercial whaling, banned under an international agreement.

    Japan's whaling catch fell to a record low of 103 Antarctic minke whales last season, a drop attributed to the anti-whaling group.

    In February, Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research accused Sea Shepherd of attempting to sabotage two whaling ships - which the ICR calls research ships - by deploying wire entwined ropes to entangle the rudder of one ship.
    Activists brace for 10th Antarctic battle

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    Here we go again, why shouldnt the Japanese eat giant fish.

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    indeed, this will deservedly end in tears for the interfering anti whalers, just like it did for the greenpeacers who were gaoled in russia.

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    I suppose the answer to that is, they can if they stay out of International waters.

    Using the excuse of research is piss poor as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    I suppose the answer to that is, they can if they stay out of International waters.

    Using the excuse of research is piss poor as well.
    Actually it's quite normal international diplomatic speak
    In much the same way Australia and a bunch of other non whaling countries falsely joined and subverted the original aims of the IWC to bring about the whaling ban in the first place

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    ^

    I suppose at the end of the day we can just agree that the little slanty eyed tossers are right conts for continuing to kill whales just because they want to eat them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by taxexile View Post
    indeed, this will deservedly end in tears for the interfering anti whalers, just like it did for the greenpeacers who were gaoled in russia.
    The only ones crying so far have been the Japs.

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    Japanese ships leave for annual Antarctic whale hunt
    Dec 09, 2013 Maan Pamintuan Features, National No Comments

    Japanese ships leave for annual Antarctic whale hunt
    Three ships – two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel – sailed to the Antarctic Sea last Saturday for the annual whale hunt. The ships left the western port of Shimonoseki to hunt for around a 1000 Antarctic minke and fin whales up until March of next year, as reported by Kyodo News.

    Whale hunts in Japan have been drawing a lot of criticisms from both local and foreign activists and governments, and it is for this reason that the Fisheries Agency did not disclose the schedule of the ships departure, to avoid militant anti-whaling groups, such as Sea Shepherd, from protesting and putting up any impediment on the departure.

    The Japanese government defended the activity, saying that eating whale has always been part of their culinary tradition, and the whaling research institute, to prove that they can sustain commercial whaling, closely studies them. Activists on the other hand, accused the activity of “research whaling” as a cover up for commercial whaling which is prohibited under international agreements.

    Sea Shepherd been successful in the past in hindering whale catches, as the country has reported a record-low catch of 103 Antarctic mink whales last year.
    Japanese ships leave for annual Antarctic whale hunt - The Japan Daily Press

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    Australia to send ship to monitor Japan’s whaling activity in Southern Ocean
    Dec 10, 2013 Maan Pamintuan National 3 Comments

    Australia to send ship to monitor Japan’s whaling activity in Southern Ocean
    The Australian government will push through with sending a customs ship to the Antarctic Ocean to monitor the Japanese whalers that left last weekend. This after Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt is finished ironing out some “operational issues” needed to send the ship.

    The Environment Minister repeatedly assured the public before the election that there would be a customs ship in place to monitor the activity of the whalers. “We will have clear monitoring in the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean, and I just ask for about 10 days before I make a formal statement on that,” said Hunt.

    Whale hunts have been getting a lot of criticisms from anti-whaling activists such as Sea Shepherd. Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown, now the chairman of Sea Shepherd, stresses that there is no time to waste as the Japanese whaling ship has already left and will be at the international whale sanctuary by new year.

    Anti-whaling activists have been condemning whale hunts by the Japanese, saying that “research whaling” is just a cover-up for commercial whaling, which is prohibited by international agreements. As of the moment, Japan and Australia are still waiting for a ruling on the legality of whaling from the International Court of Justice.
    Australia to send ship to monitor Japan’s whaling activity in Southern Ocean - The Japan Daily Press

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    Quote Originally Posted by terry57 View Post
    ^

    I suppose at the end of the day we can just agree that the little slanty eyed tossers are right conts for continuing to kill whales just because they want to eat them.
    No, I do not agree with that.

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    So being a volunteer on the crew of the sea shepherd,besides feeling good that you rescued the whales,does the diet on board consist of vegetables only. It's a whale of a problem,something to blubber about.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Here we go again, why shouldnt the Japanese eat giant fish.
    They can and they do....
    I believe the subliminal issue was the quantity of consumption - which, is fast waning as a market throughout Japan today.

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    Dwindling market or dwindling supply, due to international pressure?

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Dwindling market or dwindling supply, due to international pressure?
    More than likely...
    Seeping into the Japanese consciousness.

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    Here we go again,yes here We go again,nice opportunity to bash the yellow people,making sure We hide our history. The history of British whaling is appalling,British whaling ships nearly wiped out the whales off the coast of South Africa,yes the whales that also migrate to Antartic feeding waters. Read "Moby Dick" all about killing those whales off of Cape Aghullas to export the whale oil for England to burn. I met old timers (long dead now) who recall seeing the sea around the Whaling station at Durban red in colour as the whales where brought in,and thousands of sharks swimming around the dead whales. Why,to export the contents to the U.K.
    Then in the 1970's I went to the cinema to watch an Australian movie maker who was searching for the great white shark to film,this was before "jaws" movie mania,and he killed a whale off of the Durban coast just to film sharks feeding off of the carcass.He eventually found his great white off the Aussie coast,this time using a dead horse.
    How many whales have been slaughtered over the centuries for the little island in the Irish Sea, nearly making the Blue whale extinct?

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    Don't forget the Norwegians.

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    Norwegians are the same as the Eskimos ( Innuit,! new name is spelt) they do kill whales for local consumption. Nothing wrong with that,killing for the local pot. They do not set sail to the bottom of the world and plunder resources that are not theirs for export to the Northern hypocrites.

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    Quote Originally Posted by chassamui View Post
    Dwindling market or dwindling supply, due to international pressure?
    A dwindling market.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wasabi
    Norwegians are the same as the Eskimos ( Innuit,! new name is spelt) they do kill whales for local consumption. Nothing wrong with that,killing for the local pot. They do not set sail to the bottom of the world and plunder resources that are not theirs for export to the Northern hypocrites.
    I don't have a dog in this fight wasabi. It's enough that species face extinction due to the callousness and greed of man.
    It's my belief that nature will find a balance. If that balance means the loss of homo sapiens, som nam na.

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    That's the way nature will deal to things,...the stupidest animals die first, and humans are the stupidest of all animals.

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    Japanese whaling fleet kills minke whales in Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Sea Shepherd says
    Updated Mon 6 Jan 2014, 8:36pm AEDT



    The Government is facing fresh calls to monitor whaling in the Southern Ocean after footage released by activists shows Japanese whalers have made a successful start to this season's hunt.

    Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd says its three boats found all five ships from the Japanese whaling fleet, one with four dead minke whales onboard.

    Sea Shepherd says the Japanese fleet was in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and that the activist group was working to drive the fleet from the area.

    It is the first time the environmentalists and the whaling fleet have crossed paths this season.

    Environment Minister Greg Hunt last month said the Government would send a plane to monitor the fleet, despite promises before the election to send a ship.

    While in Opposition, Mr Hunt said the Labor government "should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean".

    Australian federal governments have for too long done little and should be doing much more to stop the slaughter.
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    But Sea Shepherd Australia chairman Bob Brown says there is no sign of surveillance from the Federal Government.

    "Sea Shepherd is committed to doing all it peaceably can to prevent this grotesque and cruel destruction," Mr Brown said.

    http://www.xxx.xxx.xx/news/2014-01-0...ctuary/5185942

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    Whale killings 'crime of the 20th century'
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    Last updated 08:00 19/01/2014

    An astonishing but little-known story about New Zealand whaling, labelled by some as one of the greatest environmental crimes of last century, is finally getting a public airing.

    The widely believed myth is that the Perano family killed off the humpback whales around New Zealand during the 1950s and 60s when they hunted in the Cook Strait from Arapawa Island in the Marlborough Sounds.

    The real story, well known now to researchers thanks to a brave Russian whistleblower, is that the Soviet Union slaughtered 25,000 of migrating humpbacks in the years before the population crash in the early 1960s.

    "We were taking less than a handful, nothing really; it was the Soviets and the Japanese," says 75-year-old Peter Perano.

    In a piece of bureaucratic madness, the Soviets, in order to meet production quotas set in Moscow, killed almost all the humpbacks in New Zealand's "Area IV" in the Southern Ocean. There is evidence New Zealand officials knew what was going on but were silent, Perano alleges.

    The Soviets lied to the International Whaling Commission about the kill and it was only later, after the collapse of the Soviet Union, that scientists who knew the real numbers killed came forward.

    One of them was Yuri Mikelov, who, with American researcher Phil Clapham, exposed the real numbers to the world. Perano met Mikelov in Auckland and told how he had kept the real data in a potato bin so the secret police, the KGB, would not find it.

    Otago University masters in science communications student, Tess Brosnan, will premiere her film Whale Chasers in Picton this Friday. She has dedicated it to Mikelov and in it she recounts the story of the Soviet slaughter in the Southern Ocean which pushed the humpbacks to the brink of extinction.

    US writer Charles Homans recently chronicled the Soviet deception in The Most Senseless Environmental Crime of the 20th Century relating how the Soviet whaling ship Slava sailed from Odessa into the Southern Ocean, first in 1946.

    It had little success for several years. "Then, in 1957, the ship's crew discovered dense conglomerations of humpback whales to the north, off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand," Homans reports.

    "There were so many of them, packed so close together, the Slava's helicopter pilots joked that they could make an emergency landing on the animals' backs."

    Then the factory ship Sovetskaya Ukraina joined them. Soviet fleets killed almost 13,000 humpback whales in the 1959-60 season and nearly as many the next. Another ship, Yuriy Dolgorukiy, joined them and continued the plunder.

    Then came the population crash. Scientist Alfred Berzin on Sovetskaya Rossiya filed a report to the state fisheries ministry: "In five years of intensive whaling by first one, then two, three, and finally four fleets," he wrote, the populations of humpback whales off the coasts of Australia and New Zealand "were so reduced in abundance that we can now say that they are completely destroyed!"

    Perano, who now counts humpbacks for the Department of Conservation, says the humpbacks are returning, numbers have risen 50 per cent or more since whaling ended. He is perplexed by the Japanese insistence on continuing to kill whales in the Southern Ocean.

    "I think it is nutty, what's the point?" he said. "It's not scientific, the only science they are learning is that they can still get away with it."

    Japan has a whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean conducting what it terms scientific whaling, despite threats from the environment group Sea Shepherd, and International Court of Justice action by Australia and New Zealand.

    "It is lot of old Japanese fellows who don't want to lose face."

    Perano knows the economics of whaling; and the Japanese operation is a money-loser.


    Whale Chasers screens at the Picton Little Theatre on Friday and Saturday and at the Tuatara Brewery in Paraparaumu on Monday.
    Whale killings 'crime of the 20th century' | Stuff.co.nz

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    Japanese whaling ship 'rams' Sea Shepherd

    The Antarctic whaling conflict appears to have taken a dangerous turn, with claims Japanese ships attempted to sabotage Sea Shepherd vessels in the ice-strewn Ross Sea.

    Ships from the two sides collided on Sunday, and Japanese harpoon ships are said to have tried repeatedly to foul the propellors of the acivists' ships with steel cables and rope.

    Despite the clashes, Sea Shepherd's Peter Hammarstedt said the activists were still in contact with the fleeing Japanese factory ship, Nisshin Maru.

    Hammarstedt said his ship Bob Barker and the Steve Irwin were following the Nisshin Maru for the eighth day, preventing it from whaling, at a distance of about two nautical miles when a concerted attack began.

    "We haven't experienced such a ruthless and co-ordinated attack out of the blue like this before," Hammarstedt said.

    Three Japanese harpoon boats trailing 300 metre lengths of steel cable and ropes made repeated close passes over the bows of the Sea Shepherd ships, he said.

    "They managed to entangle the propellor of the Steve Irwin with a rope, but the prop cut it free," he said.

    "Then in one of the passes the Yushin Maru No 2 hit the bow of the Bob Barker as it crossed in front."

    He said his ship has sustained buckled bow plates. "They damn near took my anchor off and it's now dangling free like a wrecking ball."

    The engagement forced the Bob Barker to slow, and it had lost contact with the Nisshin Maru, he said.

    "The Steve Irwin still has Nisshin Maru on its radar, and it has a helicopter which can track the ship too."

    Hammarstedt said he reported the collision to Maritime New Zealand's Rescue Co-ordination Centre, but his vessel did not need assistance, and none of his crew had been injured.

    Comment on the incident was being sought from the Japanese Government. It has repeatedly warned against what it says are the obstructive activities of Sea Shepherd.

    In January, Japan protested to the government of the Netherlands as the flag state of the Steve Irwin, over an attack on the whalers' security ship, Shonan Maru No. 2

    The Steve Irwin deployed two small boats whose crew trailed lines in a bid to slow down the Shonan Maru No. 2.

    "When this was met with aggression from the crew of the Shonan Maru No. 2, in terms of throwing grappling hooks at the small boats and hitting two of the crew members, as well as attempts to jab the crew with long poles, I retrieved the small boats," Steve Irwin's captain, Sid Chakravaty said.

    Japanese whaling ship 'rams' Sea Shepherd - world | Stuff.co.nz

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    Quote Originally Posted by kingwilly View Post
    Here we go again, why shouldnt the Japanese eat giant fish.
    Yeah, along with elephants and apes.

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    The real problem is there are too many people on the planet. Taboo subject. Trying to save a few whales I'm sure is done by people with good hearts but the whales and everything else on this planet is going to suffer from man's pollution and increasing demands.

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