Skip to comments.Japan says 'sabotage' hurt whaling hunt
Posted on 03/09/2012 10:29:01 AM PST by JoeProBono
TOKYO, -- Japan says its whaling fleet ended its annual antarctic hunt with just a third of its target catch of more than 900 whales, and blamed "sabotage" by activists.
Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano said Friday "sabotage" by the Sea Shepherd environmental protest flotilla along with bad weather resulted in the reduced catch of its whaling program, The Australian newspaper reported.
The U.S.-based anti-whaling group follows the Japanese fleet south every year in a bid to disrupt its hunt.
Commercial whaling has been banned for 25 years but Japan catches about 1,000 whales annually in what it says is a scientific research program.
Japan's decision to recall its fleet from the Southern Ocean was welcomed by the Australian government, which said it condemned all commercial whaling, "including Japan's so-called 'scientific' whaling program."
"Japan's whaling activities are contrary to international law," a government statement said. "That is why Australia commenced and will continue legal action in the International Court of Justice."
Anti-whaling groups said they were pleased that the Japanese fleet left the Southern Ocean.
"I think it's been a very successful campaign," Sea Shepard President Paul Watson told the BBC. "I predicted they wouldn't take over 30 percent and they got 26 percent, so we were right on that one."
Why can’t the naval assets of the Jap Defense Force be used to stop these enviro-nuts who are harassing them?
The pirates’ outboard motor could have been taken out by a single .50 BMG round. They continue their actions because they (the pirates) see no downside to their actions.
I’m pretty much conservative in all aspects of my life and in my beliefs. But I find myself not at all in sympathy with the Japanese whalers. There’s no way that “scientific research” requires harvesting of 900 or 1,000 whales. They are not conducting “scientific research” but instead are clearly conducting commercial whaling against their treaty obligations.
I just wish they were kept to a “harvest” of much fewer than the 300 they managed to kill.
So I say keep this particular “sabotage” up.
The Japanese should play a little offense instead of always remaining strictly defensive. They should also use non lethal weapons that inflict pain and discomfort. The best way to deter a bully is to punch him in the nose.
Or in this case, the best way to deter a hippy is to spray some soapy water on him.
And your little dog, Toto, too.
Of course they are harvesting whales. Its only called ‘scientific’ because that was an attempt to appease the environmentalists.
Do you eat meat? How about other fish? The whales they harvest are not endangered.
Why do you support terrorism?
Agree. Treat these pirates for what they are. Shoot out their motors. If they try and board one of whalers or foul their props again, shoot them.
What would the Russians do?
That’ll buff out
Thanks for the explanation. That really puts the whole situation into perspective. It looks like the whalers are the ones who will have be the ones that will need to push the enviro-nuts back. I’m just wondering how hard they can push back without getting into serious trouble.
Junk it and claim the insurance
Roger that. My primary concern is that their effectiveness is making for some pretty boring television.
They could cease all whaling tomorrow and it would affect no one in any significant aspect worth mentioning. Now if they stopped harvesting tuna, I could understand any reluctance on their part, but whales? The wankers are merely annoyed that anyone else in the world objects to their playtime (whaling) and reveling in their access to a scarcity of product that the rest of civilized society has long since noted that they have no need for.
Think of it as akin to chipmunk harvesting. Granted, chipmunks are hard to hit and their meat would be a rarity on the market, but bloody hell! Would anyone's life be the worse off if they had no chipmunk meat in their diet?
I am with the 'sea-hippies' on this one.
What pirates? We left them in an open boat near an iceberg. They were fine... :-D
It gets worse - from what I’ve read, whale meat isn’t actually that popular anymore in Japan. There isn’t enough of a market to support the industry, so massive amounts of it get funneled into school lunch programs or low-income food assistance. It’s supported by a government subsidy made for reasons of national pride and to keep that industry at work.
True that. There’s several good books out there on the subject.
It’s always puzzled me how Freepers who detest obama’s crony capitalist programs, can cheer the Japanese and ICR alliance. It’s about the same as cheering every Chevy Volt that you see rolling down the street.
The Nihonjin I knew personally said flat out that they did not like whale meat, and it was generally reserved for the poorest of the poor that could afford nothing better -although some 'high-end' establishments paraded dishes featuring it as some manner of exclusive meal. Pretty presentations at least, from what I gathered from the pictures on the menu.
They could not even sell it as a fried snack dish, and from a country that manages to sell seaweed-coated puffed fried ricechips as a snack selection, that is saying much.
I think actually most of the reason Japan continues its whale harvesting is so as to not 'lose face' in the eyes of the rest of the world by backing down from the pressure to cease their activities.
So I say keep this particular sabotage up.
Respectful disagreement on the last part. I have no use for whaling in general, but I have even less use for the kind of dirtbags who will protect whales but demand the right to kill babies.
They should be using legal means of getting change, not illegal attacks. The Jap whalers should be equipped with defensive armaments. Three inch naval guns sound about right, effective range of about three miles.