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Government 'supporting eco-terrorists'

JAPANESE whalers have accused the Australian Government of supporting
eco-terrorism by returning two Sea Shepherd activists to the protest
group last week.

Japanese Fisheries Agency chief of whaling Hideki Moronuki said today
the Australian Government had been wrong to support Sea Shepherd in any way.

(以下省略)January 21, 2008 02:40pm
http://www.news.com.au/story/0,23599,23084435-23109,00.html

US Law Defines Sea Shepherd as Terrorists

The definition of terrorism in the US Animal Enterprise Protection Act is perfectly adequate to cover
the activities of the American based organisation, Sea Shepherd.
But when this organisation directs its acts of terror against foreign enterprises, it is allowed to continue
uninhibited directs its acts of terror against foreign enterprises, it is allowed to continue uninhibited.

In an August 1993 report to Congress on the effects of domestic and international terrorism on animal
enterprises, it says “While the US Animal Enterprise Protection Act defines terrorism as physical disruption to
the functioning of an animal enterprise, the FBI defines terrorism as “the unlawful use of force or violence
against persons or property, intimidate or coerce a government, the civilian population, or any segment thereof,
in furtherance of political or social objectives.” The objective of Sea Shepherd’s campaigns in Norway is,
according to their press releases, to force the Norwegian government to give up whaling and to cause
the whalers undue expense by way of repairs, safety measures and increased insurance costs, in order to
make them give up their occupation.
http://www.highnorth.no/library/movements/Sea_Shepherd/us-la-de.htm

S Korea scraps whale meat factory plan

Greenpeace has criticised Korea's policy on whales,
saying the country took 84 whales last year under its so-called accidental catch laws
which allow whales accidentally caught to be carved up for human consumption.

The large bycatch was up to 100 times higher than nations that did not have a whale meat trade, Greenpeace said.
http://www.smh.com.au/news/National/S-Korea-scraps-whale-meat-factory-plan/2005/06/16/1118869026316.html?oneclick=true




Fact 1: Minke whales are not endangered, as acknowledged by IWC's scientific committee. They are classified "LOW RISK".

Fact 2: IWC's scientific committee believes a limited resumption of commercial whaling under a quota system is OK.

Fact 3: The committee believes Japan can take an additional 2000 Minke whales a year.
Fact 4: Japan is seeking just 50 additional catches a year.

Fact 5: This committee was headed by a British scientist, who quit the job in disgust over whale politics ignoring scientific findings.

Fact 6: Japan is offering to accept independent observers aboard all of its whaling ships, and take DNA samples from all future catches so that the West can verify Japan's compliance with the quota system.
All countries around the world consume and utilize natural resources. Let's just concentrate on the "sustainable use" of such resources, and co-habit on this planet in peace.



First of all, the issue on whaling seems to go split in a few ways: why people are against whaling? Have you guys ever thought about it deeply?
1. not enough number of whales?
2. whales are clever?
3. whales are cute?
Here, most people actually don't know the real facts but being against it without firm background knowledge.
I will point out the facts of the research made by the IWC(International Whaling Commission) and ICR(Institute of Cetacean Research) that not many people don't know.
ATTENTION:
NONE OF THESE FACTS ARE COLLECTED FROM JAPAN OR JAPANESE AFFILIATIE COUNTRIES.
AND THE WHOLE CONCEPT OF THIS REPORT IS NOT BACK UP JAPAN NOR OTHER PROTEST COUNTRIES.
1. Number of whales
There are more than 80 kinds of whales and Japan catches only less than 5 kinds of which they are permitted by IWC.
The reason why IWC permitted Japan to continue whaling is because the number of those whales are actually increasing and THEY ARE BECOMING VERMIN.
Other whales are protected by the treaty of IWC (BUT OTHER COUNTRIES BESIDES JAPAN STILL CATCH THEM!).
Do you think Japan, Iceland and Norway are only countries catch whales?
The answer is NO.
The united states of America catches 60 whales while Japan catches 80 (1999).



Reason? They say :-) They have to protect their Eskimo tradition WHILE IGNORING JAPANESE CULTURAL TRADITION.
BY THE WAY, THEY DO NOT USE WHALES FOR THE KIDS' SCHOOL LUNCH ANYMORE IN JAPAN.
THAT WAS MORE THAN 20 YEARS AGO.
THEY USE IT PURELY FOR KEEPING THEIR OWN TRADITIONAL GASTRONOMIC CULTURE.
Ok, look who catches which whales and number of existent whales in this whole world.
Japan - Mink whales - 1,000,000 exist in the whole world
America - Polar whales - 8,200 exist in the whole world
Russia - Gray whales - 22,000 exist in the whole world
Denmark - Fin whales - 120,000 exist in the whole world
St. Vincent - Humpback - 5,800 exist in the whole world
Do you see something strange is going on here?
Japan catches 80 out of 1,000,000 and America catches 60 out of 8,200.
AND THIS IS AN OFFICIAL NUMBER FROM IWC.
SO, WHY BLAME JAPAN FOR THE NUMBERS?


2. Are whales clever?
Those who assert that the whale has a higher intelligence base their assertion on the large size of a whale's brain.
It is simply natural for a whale which has large head to have a larger brain than those of other animals, but that does not necessarily mean that it has higher intelligence.
In comparing the size of animal brains, we should take into consideration not only its weight but also its proportion to the body weight.
The proportion of a blue whale's brain to its body weight is 0.007% on the average, as compared with 1.93% for human beings.
The harbor porpoise has the highest proportion of 0.85% among cetaceans. Does that mean that the intelligence of
a harbor porpoise is half the level of a human being and that of a blue whale is one hundredth of a harbor porpoise's? It is not necessarily so.
It is not possible to determine the intelligence level with the brain's proportion to the body weight.
The late Dr. E.J. Slijper, who was a world authority on cetaceans, said "...it seems improbable that an animal which propels itself mainly
with its tail should need a more highly developed brain than, for instance, a monkey which uses all its limbs so skillfully."
On a similar note, Dr. Margaret Klinowska, a professor of Cambridge University and a member of the Specialist Group of the IUCN Species Survival Commission,
said that "In most species of cetaceans, the brain is neither very large nor especially complex,"
adding that "whales betray little evidence of behavioral complexity beyond that of a herd of cows or deer."
SO, THEY ARE NOT THAT CLEVER!



3. But they are cute!
Yes, by the looks of it.
But please think about this.
This is just different culture between the countries.
Do you like dogs? They are cute aren't they?
Dogs have always been men's and children's best friends. They are so loyal.
BUT CHINESE AND KOREAN EAT THEM.
Can you blame them? because dogs are cute?
DO WE HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO STOP THEIR THOUSANDS YEARS OF CULTURAL HISTORY BECAUSE WE THINK DOGS ARE CUTE?
WE EAT OUR CUTE KANGAROOS TOO! WHY?
WHALE MEAT CULTURE IS AS IMPORTANT AS THEIR SUSHI CULTURE THAT HAS BEEN LASTING FOR THOUSANDS OF YEARS AND WE DO NOT HAVE ANY RIGHTS TO STOP THAT.
IMAGINE IF SOMETHING HAPPEND THAT IS TOTALLY AGAINST OUR BBQ CULTURE WHEN ANIMAL PROTECTION ORGANIZATION DECIDED TO CLAIM THAT COWS ARE SO INTELLIGENT AND CUTE ALTHOUGH WE HAVE SO MANY OF THEM?
Conclusion
So, who's fault is this?
NO ONES FAULT. But someone must be making money out of this.
Yes, perhaps they are directors of large environmental protection organization, or illegal fishermen, or maybe the government.
WHO KNOWS!
But one thing we should consider is that we shouldn't blame anyone for keeping their own culture going.
WE SHOULD BLAME OURSELVES FOR ALWAYS BEING EASILY DRIVEN BY PROPAGANDAS.
WE SHOULD LOOK AT THE FACTS BEFORE WE BECOME NARROW MINDED.
REMEMBER:
CHANNEL 9 IS MAKING MONEY OUT OF THIS TOPIC, YOU KNOW!