Sea Shepherd

7 Feb

Do you know the group called “Sea Shepherd“?
They are an American anti-whaling group. Their leader and founder is Paul Watson. He has become infamous in Japan.

Unlike the group “Greenpeace” who protest and petition groups and laws that they’re against, Sea Shepherd actively follows and attacks whaling vessels.

It is often said that Japan, Iceland and Norway are the only countries that practice whaling in modern times. But in smaller numbers, Inuit Eskimos in Canada hunt whales, as do some islands in the Caribbean, Greenland, Indonesia, The Netherlands, Russia, and Alaskan Eskimos in the United States.

Even though these countries hunt whales legally with permission the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the Sea Shepherd group follows whaling fleets with the intention of disrupting them in an attempt to end whale hunting.

Japanese whalers, in particular, are targeted mainly because they get past the international ban on commercial whaling by conducting whaling for “scientific research” purposes (with the extra meat being sold to restaurants and supermarkets), (Norway and Iceland simply ignore the commercial whaling ban), and because Japan hunts more whales than other countries.

Personally, I think 鯨肉 (whale meat) is tasty.

鯨肉 (whale meat)

鯨肉 (whale meat)

But, like most people in Japan, I don’t eat it often. And I have heard that there are an over-abundance of whales in the world’s oceans…but I’ve also heard that they’re close to extinct. I have no idea which statement is accurate. But if whales are almost extinct, then I certainly support an end to whaling.

But I don’t support the Sea Shepherd group. They’re actions at sea are dangerous and put human lives (both whalers’ and their own crews’) at risk.

It was reported today that the Sea Shepherd‘s flagship, the “Steve Irwin“, rammed Japanese whaling vessels last Thursday in their attempt to disrupt their hunt.

The "Sea Shepherd" rammed the "Yushin-maru".

The "Sea Shepherd" rammed the "Yushin-maru".

Whales are beautiful creatures and people in most countries could never imagine eating one…but that alone doesn’t mean they can’t be eaten by anyone.
As I said above, I’m not sure whether whaling should be stopped or not…but I am sure that the Sea Shepherd‘s dangerous actions should stop. Greenpeace has better tactics…getting the laws changed.

243 Responses to “Sea Shepherd”

  1. daddypitbulldog March 5, 2011 at 2:45 pm #

    【メニュー】鯨の刺身、ベーコン、缶詰は大和煮と須の子、そして手作りの竜田揚げ。予算は1万円(5人前)です。..

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    • tokyo5 March 5, 2011 at 6:32 pm #

      Can you read that? Why did you post it here?

      I think you “copy & pasted” it from a Japanese “anti-Sea Shepherd” website.

      I wonder if that’s a real menu. Not a common combination of food.

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  2. Anom February 26, 2011 at 2:16 am #

    Eskimos eat whale meat because its one of the few sources of food they have access too. The same cannot be said for Japanese. They whale to boost their economy.

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    • tokyo5 February 26, 2011 at 9:21 pm #

      Is this age of modern shipping, Eskimos have access to the same foods as the rest of the industrialized world.

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  3. daddypitbulldog January 25, 2011 at 2:06 pm #

    Oh and I do speak and read some Japanese……We are good.

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    • tokyo5 January 25, 2011 at 10:51 pm #

      >Oh and I do speak and read some Japanese……

      Really? Please feel free to comment in Japanese.

      >We are good.

      What do you mean?

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  4. daddypitbulldog January 25, 2011 at 1:51 pm #

    The rest of the story…We know this to be True:
    The Japanese work hard on their jobs.
    They are good at business world wide.
    They work to do a task well and fast.
    The best products are Japanese.
    The Japanese people I deal with in Business are very polite.

    Knowing this I own a new: Toyota Tacoma/Toyota Corolla/Suzuki Hayabusa…

    And other products..In fact everything I own has some Japanese Technology in it.
    And You know that in the Southern US Japanese factories give many of jods.

    So what does this have to do with Whales?…..
    People of the earth need to get togeather to clean house.
    The Japanese are now leaders in Business….People will follow them.
    Why do we find ourself asking these questions? ..With so many other bad things that happen in the world…Why Japan?…..
    You see….. This we know to be true…Japan can lead in a positive direction.

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    • tokyo5 January 25, 2011 at 10:50 pm #

      >Japan can lead in a positive direction.

      Do you mean “lead” in ending whale hunting?

      Actually, I think that the practice of whaling will naturally cease completely before too long. Whale meat isn’t as popular nowadays as it once was.

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  5. daddypitbulldog December 30, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    I have several college degrees…etc…
    But, so what….It really is not important.
    I should not have said that….etc…and other things.

    SeaShepherd/AdyGill has brought more attention to these issues.
    They do what they think they have to do…..It is a mind set.
    If they did not do it someone else would…. at least to some extent.

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    • tokyo5 December 30, 2010 at 11:20 pm #

      >They (Sea Shepherd) do what they think they have to do

      I think people should stand up for what they believe in. And obviously those people feel strongly about this subject.
      But I don’t think a person’s personal convictions, no matter how passionate they may be about them, allow them to put other people’s lives in danger.

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  6. daddypitbulldog December 30, 2010 at 10:11 pm #

    I know….
    And…I will not argue Sea Shepherd’s tactics…
    My comments are not meant to be complete….they just meant to get a respone.

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    • tokyo5 December 30, 2010 at 10:17 pm #

      >My comments are not meant to be complete….they just meant to get a respone.

      Are you after a negative response? Then that might explain your earlier comments.
      But your most recent comments seem much more “level-headed”. Thank you.

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  7. daddypitbulldog December 30, 2010 at 9:58 pm #

    No knowledgable person holds the Japanese people responsible for this.
    We are all at fault…
    But, you are right…. no one really knows….
    Could this be a reason to stop?…or back off?

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    • tokyo5 December 30, 2010 at 10:13 pm #

      >no one really knows….Could this be a reason to stop?…or back off?

      I’m prone to agree actually. But as there are some “experts” who say there’s an abundance of whales and, if so, then I’d say that whalers have as much right to make a living as cattle farmers do.

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  8. daddypitbulldog December 30, 2010 at 9:53 pm #

    I do not know where you get you info…..
    You did not go to college in the USA…..
    You need to do more study…………….

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    • tokyo5 December 30, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

      >You did not go to college in the USA…..

      Did you? Just asking…because your comments are unclear and not very well-written.

      As I wrote in this post and some earlier comments, I don’t claim to be an expert on this subject. I listened to arguments from “experts” on both sides.

      It’s difficult to say whose right but the point of this post is that, either way, Sea Shepherd’s dangerous tactics are wrong.

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  9. daddypitbulldog December 30, 2010 at 9:47 pm #

    Oh… My… God!………..

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  10. Deena December 29, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    When all the trees have been cut down,
    when all the animals have been hunted,
    when all the waters are polluted,
    when all the air is unsafe to breathe,
    only then will you discover you cannot eat money

    Think about it, its about alot more than just whales, the earth is dying because of us. Enjoy

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    • tokyo5 December 29, 2010 at 5:44 pm #

      Yes, mankind has destroyed or damaged much of the world’s ecosystem.

      In regards to things such as air and water pollution, the rain forest, hunting of land animals to endangerment or extinction, etc it’s easy to see what has been done…but as for deep sea animals such as whales, no one is sure of the numbers of these creatures that are in the oceans.

      If there are too many or there are too few, the oceans’ ecosystem is affected…that is why Japanese scientists are conducting research.

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  11. daddypitbulldog December 24, 2010 at 7:54 am #

    You continue to justify evil….
    Humans will eat anything…..
    Move to the next level as a civilization…
    OR…..
    Meet on the next battlefield….
    That will be reel evil with mounds of stinking meat to eat.
    Tasty? YES………See you soon….or….

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2010 at 1:12 pm #

      Sorry, I don’t see how we can continue this discussion. It’s not really possible to have a rational, logical dialogue unless both parties speak rationally and logically.

      Anyways, I’m not sure what your purpose of commenting on my blog is.

      Are you trying to bring an end to whaling?
      Then this blog isn’t going to help your cause much. Because, even if I wanted to help you, I have no affiliation with the IWC.

      Are you trying to win people over to your cause?
      I doubt that will work with the way you talk.

      Or are you simply trying to get a rise out of me?
      If so, that isn’t working either.

      Also, you may have noticed that your most recent comment has been deleted.
      It should come as no surprise to you since you can’t seem to state your case without using insults and vague threats.

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  12. daddypitbulldog December 24, 2010 at 3:33 am #

    I agree…… you do not really have anything to say.
    Your statments are canned….we have heard them already.
    You post is a never ending circle of nothing.
    Why do you continue to use the Sea Shephaed name on this site?
    Go Away…..You would not know right if it were in front of you.
    Others have said the same and you still do not get the truth.

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2010 at 3:42 am #

      >Why do you continue to use the Sea Shephaed name on this site?

      Continue? This is my only Sea Shepherd-related post…and it’s nearly two years old.

      >Go Away

      You’re the one who keeps coming to my site.

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  13. daddypitbulldog December 24, 2010 at 2:20 am #

    I can make this easy for you…..
    When everything good in the world is gone!
    You will have that tasty frozen meat….
    I think that you know what I am saying.
    Will the Japs again be on the wrong side.
    You are smart enough to know…..Or do you even care?

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    • tokyo5 December 24, 2010 at 2:48 am #

      I probably shouldn’t respond, especially since I’ve already addressed numerous comments similar to yours above, but…

      >When everything good in the world is gone!

      As I’ve already mentioned above, whether the whales that are hunted are endangered or not is debatable.

      >You will have that tasty frozen meat….

      I’m not trying to instigate anything, but it does taste good.

      >I think that you know what I am saying.

      Not exactly.

      >Will the Japs again be on the wrong side.

      I asked you to refrain from referring to others by degrogatory terms.
      If you persist, I will be forced to delete your comments in the future.

      And, what do you mean “again”?

      >do you even care?

      By “you”, do you mean me personally or maybe the nation of Japan?
      As for me, I’m not a whaler and I very very seldom eat whale meat.

      But regardless of who you’re referring to exactly, as I mentioned above, no one wishes to see any species of any animal become extinct.
      The whalers of Japan say that their research helps gather data to prevent whales, tuna and other sea life from becoming extinct or even endangered.

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  14. daddypitbulldog December 21, 2010 at 9:45 pm #

    Hey Jap….. See you in the next war….Will you be with me or…..I will not stop.

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    • tokyo5 December 21, 2010 at 10:40 pm #

      >Hey Jap…..

      I’ll appreciate you not using derogatory terms. Thank you.
      Anyways, I’m actually not Japanese.

      >See you in the next war….Will you be with me or…..I will not stop.

      This comment isn’t clear. Are you making a vague reference to “Whale Wars”?

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  15. daddypitbulldog December 21, 2010 at 9:33 pm #

    I like to jump out of trees and start eating them while they are still screaming.
    Tasty? Yes. This is what the workd has come too…..

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    • tokyo5 December 21, 2010 at 10:33 pm #

      >jump out of trees and start eating them

      Who does “them” refer to?

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  16. David October 2, 2010 at 4:54 am #

    Thank you! It’s so benign, but without understanding (and not having the capacity to learn right now) the more paranoid parts of some people’s minds (mine) make it seem scary. Strange people, we all are 🙂

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    • tokyo5 October 2, 2010 at 10:12 am #

      Well, as you can see, those comments aren’t anything to be concerned about.

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  17. David October 2, 2010 at 3:02 am #

    Certainly you do not have to do anything – it is just a request for courtesy. I have a Russian wife, and I requested the same courtesy before I learned Russian and she was with me and her friends. It’s easy to forget what it is like to be involved in a conversation that involves what is essentially code to the non-speaker.

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    • tokyo5 October 2, 2010 at 3:57 am #

      >involved in a conversation that involves what is essentially code to the non-speaker.

      I understand that. That’s why I put the English meaning in parentheses anytime I use Japanese on this blog. I just assumed that comments such as “Hello” and “How are you?” could be overlooked.
      But I see your point.

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  18. David October 2, 2010 at 1:53 am #

    Show some courtesy and post in English also – this is an English blog.

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    • tokyo5 October 2, 2010 at 2:30 am #

      I think the “rules” on personal blogs are set by the owner of the blog…but, OK, I’ll go back and add English translations to the above five comments (they’re not terribly interesting comments though…you’re not missing much. The visitor to my blog (Nikolas) wanted to practice Japanese.).

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  19. Nikolas September 30, 2010 at 9:49 am #

    Tokyo5 、私は良いです (I’m good.)

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    • tokyo5 October 2, 2010 at 1:29 am #

      どこの出身ですか? (Where are you from?)

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  20. Nikolas September 29, 2010 at 10:55 am #

    Tokyo5 、こんにちは 🙂 (Hello 🙂 )

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    • tokyo5 September 29, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

      こんにちは。元気ですか? (Hello. How are you?)

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  21. Nikolas August 9, 2010 at 9:48 am #

    Tokyo5, When i was littel i met my japanesse friend so we “Hanged” Out alot i spent alot of time learning it so im really good at it… ( I could sound like an average japanesse man who is really good at japanesse)…

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    • tokyo5 August 10, 2010 at 1:51 am #

      >I could sound like an average japanesse man who is really good at japanesse

      Really?
      Feel free to comment in Japanese on my blog.
      (コメントは日本語でも、英語でもいいです。 (Comment in Japanese or in English.))

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  22. Anonymous July 28, 2010 at 2:22 am #

    I am an asian. There’s a lot you don’t know about. You have barely scratched the
    suface. There’s a media blackout on the whole issue. I suggest that you see the film called ‘The Cove.’ Sea Shepherd are trying to help. Please do not even eat the whale or dolphin meat, and help this ‘industry’

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    • tokyo5 July 28, 2010 at 2:44 am #

      >I am an asian.

      I assume that since you used the broad term of “Asian”, you’re not Japanese.
      So how is that relevant?

      >There’s a lot you don’t know about.

      I’m quite sure there is.

      >There’s a media blackout on the whole issue.

      Which country’s media are you referring to?

      >I suggest that you see the film called ‘The Cove.’

      I know about that documentary.

      >Sea Shepherd are trying to help.

      Maybe so. But I believe they’re going about it wrong.

      >Please do not even eat the whale or dolphin meat

      Neither are really very popular anymore, anyways. So, the hunting of whales and dolphins may naturally cease eventually.

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  23. USA July 18, 2010 at 8:49 pm #

    Ummm and did you know that ship the Ady Gil was out of fuel when that whaling ship got to them. Not performing or doing any dangerous stunts. The crew was on the nose of the Ady Gil. Everyone was. That whaling ship could have passed them easily. But no. The ship turned and ripped of the nose injuring a camera man. Do you know the captain of the Ady Gil took that ship around the world in 60 days. To build it he morgaged is house and took tons of loans from banks. When the whalers answered their mayday for help it was required by law. They had to.

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    • tokyo5 July 18, 2010 at 10:37 pm #

      >did you know that ship the Ady Gil was out of fuel

      Never heard that before. Where did you hear it?
      Regardless, they were acting recklessly and dangerously and ignoring maritime law.

      >Not performing or doing any dangerous stunts.

      Directly interfering with the course of another ship at sea is dangerous…and illegal.

      >That whaling ship could have passed them easily.

      Large ships don’t maneuver as quickly as small boats.

      >Do you know the captain of the Ady Gil took that ship around the world in 60 days. To build it he morgaged is house and took tons of loans from banks.

      How is that relevant?

      >When the whalers answered their mayday for help it was required by law.

      Are you implying that they wouldn’t have otherwise? You have no way of knowing that.

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  24. ba3unr July 17, 2010 at 11:59 pm #

    is whale wars just a tv show? why would anyone spend 22 million to shut down a 6 million dollar industry. sea shepherd condemns greenpeace for their soft, picture taking approach, yet their own filming of an actual whale harvest should have elicited more anti-whaling sentiment, than their dangerous antics. could it be more about good ratings, than about saving whales?

    p.s. love japanese stuff, thankyou japan

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  25. Nikolas July 16, 2010 at 3:46 am #

    Yeah i can read it thanks.

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    • tokyo5 July 17, 2010 at 10:44 am #

      Did you study Japanese?

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      • Nikolas July 20, 2010 at 2:38 am #

        Tokyo5, I dident really study Japanesse my friends showed me how to read and speak it.

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      • tokyo5 July 20, 2010 at 2:41 am #

        Really? How well can you speak Japanese?

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