Thursday, December 24, 2009

Season's Greetings from the Sea

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Hope everyone is enjoying their holiday season :-)

No rest for the weary on Sea Shepherd, despite the holiday. Both the SS and the Japan Whalers continue to clash on the bottom of the earth. There continues to be no peace or goodwill between them and obviously there will not be a holiday truce, which continues to not bode well for our mammal friends.

A few days ago, Sea Shepherd made a stop off the Adelie Coast in Commonwealth Bay. The French government extended their support to the Sea Shepherd organization. Ironically, the Japan fleet that was chasing the Sea Shepherd, was not welcomed and apparently did not care. The Captain of the Shonan Maru No. 2 replied by saying, “Japan does not recognize the Australian Antarctic Territorial claim.” Such is the ego of these folks.

Captain Watson made an interesting statement here:

Captain Watson is also concerned that the situation in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary does not bode well for the recent conference on climate change in Copenhagen, asking, “If the signatory nations of the Antarctic Treaty and the International Whaling Commission cannot stop the illegal killing of endangered whales in an established whale sanctuary in violation of the Treaty and the IWC regulations, how are they ever going to get real on the bigger issue of climate change?”

You can read more on this here.

A couple days ago, the Sea Shepherders and Japanese Whalers had quite the clash that went on for about three hours.  As usual, the complaint from the whalers side was the use of butyric acid, the use of lasers, and buoys with the intention of disabling the propellers.  The complaints from Sea Shepherds had mostly to do with the whalers use of LRAD in their attempt to disorient their helicopter pilot as well as using full blast water cannons on the helicopter while it was sitting on the Sea Shepherd.

In addition, despite the Australian government's claims to be opposed to the whaling and their threats of legal action, they allowed the Shonan Maru 2 to dock and refuel in their port.

You can read more on this here:

You know what they say about politicians?  Nothing ever changes in government.  The people may change, but the BS remains the same.

Australian government continues to say one thing, but by their inaction, prove yet again that their words are just empty ones.  Is it any wonder then that Japan continues to NOT take them seriously?  Govt Threatens Legal Action

In related news regarding Australia's inaction and empty threats, Captain Paul Watson has his latest commentary available here:  Exchanging Letters with the Australian Minister of Environment

Please check out Peace in the Water.  It's a wonderful wonderful site.

Meanwhile, a Christmas Wish for each of us in honor of our whale and dolphin friends, our oceans, and our planet.

Feliz Navidad to each of you and all the ultimate best in the coming New Year :-)



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