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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:40 AM
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Waltzing Matilda - Sea Shepherd 2009 Antarctic Campaign to Stop Japanese Whaling
 
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An inspirational video for the upcoming Sea Shepherd Campaign (Dec 2009) to travel to Antarctic Whale Sanctuary (established by Australia), to protect whales from killed illegally by Japanese Whaling Company.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:44 AM
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1. I wonder how the U.S. would respond if poeple were interfering with our comercial ships.
I bet we would not be as tolerant as the Japanese.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:48 AM
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2. Are our commercial ships
involved with illegal whale hunting?

I don't think so.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 10:55 AM
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3. Niether are the Japanese whalers. Whale hunting is legal, to a point, despite what SS says.
Whale hunting is illegal for Australians, but most countries, including the U.S. and Japan, do not recognize Australian claims.
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Annces Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:15 AM
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5. It is illegal
which is why Japan will not take SS to court, because they would lose. Japan are the criminals. But if a country acts criminally, only another country has the muscle to stop them. So activism in this case is upholding the law.
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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:28 AM
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6. Whaling for research is legal. The SS would have to prove the whales are being used for other
purposes, which would require evidence. Is anyone suing the Japanese whalers?

Here is a link which discusses some of the legal issues and mentions various countries which still practice whaling, such as the U.S., Norway, and Iceland, yet the Japanese are always targeted. I wonder why.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Whaling#Modern_whaling
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:09 PM
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9. Not under International Law
Aus. declared a sanctuary but its not recognized internationally. The whalers of ALL nations (not just Japan) are staying inside the rules of the IWC.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:38 PM
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11. Commercial whale hunting is illegal,
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2005/06/0624_05...

The International Whaling Commission was formed in 1946 to regulate whaling and to conserve the world's largest living animals.

In 1982, with many whale populations close to extinction following centuries of exploitation, IWC member nations agreed to a ban on all commercial whaling.





Japan is still slaughtering over 1000 whales a year and calling it
"scientific research" .

Riight!

:eyes:
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:08 PM
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8. The Japanese consider the lack of response to be in part racist
More reaction can be found here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7t5wHTGbQEY&NR=1

I too am somewhat surprised that the Japanese government has not stepped in. To the contrary it seems to be restraining the whalers from returning tit for tat against Watson and not pursing the legal opportunities available to them.

This last season when Watson thought the tables were turned he shot at the smaller vessels with flares and rocket powered rescue lines. How dare the whalers even appear to think about doing to him what he wanted to do to them. In his world, only he can take aggressive action and defense techniques like nets are unthinkable. Have to wonder what would happen if the whalers returned like for like. A harpoon in the steering gear would make for a long tow home for the Steve Irwin.

The next season is coming in December. Have to wonder what both sides will do then.

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ZombieHorde Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:13 PM
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13. How do you think Russia would respond to the Steve Irwin ship? nt
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 05:21 PM
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14. Not sure the Steve Irwin survive the first incident.
Russian crews have always had reputation for ruthlessness. Not sure it would take government action. Any protests would be ignored.
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murray hill farm Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 11:12 AM
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4. Soooo beautiful.
I teared up a little. I have always loved that song...and named my Australian shepherd, waltzing matilda (I call her mattie). She came right over and stared at the computer when I played this...ha! I think she was responding to the whale sounds though..and not the song. It was ispirational video.
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time_has_come Donating Member (872 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 02:26 PM
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7. If Sea Shepherd really wanted to save whales they'd do something about climate change...
..instead of running their diesel engines untold thousands of miles each year.

I think it has more to do with ego and getting dollars from gullible people.
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ProgressiveProfessor Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:14 PM
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10. Until Animal Planet picked them up, Watson was losing ground
The PR from fawning the cinematography has helped considerably. When he loses a crewman, all that will be for naught and the PR machines will turn on him. Once he loses his vessel registration it will not be long before the SSCS fleet is in breakers dock and Watson becomes a fixture on the speakers circuit.
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Kajsa Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Aug-23-09 04:46 PM
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12. Let's see here,
Edited on Sun Aug-23-09 04:48 PM by Kajsa
Stop the illegal whaling boats,
without a boat---

I don't think so.
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