US court has ordered conservation group Sea Shepherd to stay at least 500 yards away from Japan's whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. The US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit banned the group from “physically attacking any vessel engaged by the plaintiffs”. Read full article
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Leave the whales alone!Dec 20th, 2012 - 09:14 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Scientific research, indeed!
Then sell the meat openly in the markets.
I'd agree with you about leaving the whales alone, but if there was an outright ban that everyone kept to then Sea Shepherd would probably immediately switch to harassing trawlers, seiners and anyone else who they felt was opposed to their self-appointed mission to protect the sea.Dec 20th, 2012 - 11:22 am - Link - Report abuse 0
What their recent actions look like is more an attempt to make martyrs of themselves. And in polite company it is generally considered as rude to try to take other people with you when you commit suicide.
@1 Isolde.Dec 20th, 2012 - 01:08 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Here, here! these bastards won't be satisfied until these gentle majestic creatures are extinct.
I think the judgement is about 'physically attacking'.Dec 20th, 2012 - 04:40 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Sounds like good 'life and limb' law.
BUT the judge should have had allowable alternative and legal provisions expressed in open court, expressed by the court itself.
This way, 'the USA' establishes that it is cognisant of the larger issue of protection of the planet from underhand killings of this 'flagship' endangered class of intelligent large mammals.
The US ruling is strange when it is the Japanese who have a stated aim to kill over 1,000 whales this year alone in the name of 'scientific research'.Dec 20th, 2012 - 05:15 pm - Link - Report abuse 0
Since when was it necessary to kill animals to research them?
Haven't they researched the whales enough by now to know everything they need to know?
It's interesting to hear how many hundreds of tons of unsold whale meat are in store in Japan because apparently the Japanese people aren't so keen on buying the stuff any more, so why do they need to hunt these majestic animals into extinction, just to keep a few hundred fishermen in work?
Sea Shepard will do what they want to assist other sentient beings.Dec 21st, 2012 - 12:17 am - Link - Report abuse 0
What a hell have these yankees to say anything in this case. Are international waters, so seems that they took very seriously when they believe themselves as world ownersDec 21st, 2012 - 03:01 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Didn't I read somewhere that the Australians said their Navy would take action against any whalers in their oceans. Well done cobbers!Dec 21st, 2012 - 10:12 am - Link - Report abuse 0
Pagthetic, a US court represses US citizens from protesting Japan's breach of international norms if not treaties and laws. I wonder if any money changed hands?Dec 24th, 2012 - 04:51 pm - Link - Report abuse 0