By Erin La Rosa, ecorazzi
A lot of things have been happening in the world of whaling recently; with Japan officially suspending whaling operations for the year thanks in part to the work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and funnyman Stephen Colbert even congratulating the group on their triumph.
“I’m a huge Paul Watson fan,” Hambleton exclaimed. “Everybody involved with The Cove and the Oceanic Preservation Society… We feel that Paul’s only problem is he doesn’t have a big enough navy. And his tremendous effort has come to show that commercial whaling is completely insane… Sea Shepherd has done a wonderful job of exposing how ludicrous this is. So, I’ve been following it by the minute, I love what they’re doing and I’m a big fan. It was a wonderful day when we got that news.”
It was a great day for us too! And Hambleton explained why he thinks this recent development is such a big step in eliminating the whaling industry. “Portugal recently changed from a whaling nation to a non-whaling nation in one generation, in 20 years — Japan can do the same.” But he did add, “I don’t think that’s it’s over, the repercussions will be seen at the International Whaling Commission meeting in June, and also I think Japan will start to ramp up it’s small time coastal whaling, which is a lot of what The Cove is about. Dolphins are whales, and there’s money changing hands, ergo that is commercial whaling. So, we will see these repercussions but it was an enormous step, and I’m very happy for them.”
We then asked Hambleton if he had any plans to return to Taiji, where the annual dolphin slaughter was filmed in the Oscar winning documentary The Cove. “There’s an arrest warrant out for me in Japan, but that didn’t answer the question,”Hambleton smiled. “There’s always a way. Watch the media next week, okay? I would love so much to tell you what’s going to happen next week, but I can’t.”