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Of All the Nerve: Japanese Protest for Whaling

Animals  (tags: Japan, whaling, cetacea-cide, extermination, extirpation, human consumption, human interference, whale slaughter, covert whaling )

- 3372 days ago -
Feb 23 - Demonstrators gathered at the Australian embassy in a show of protecting Japan's whaling tradition as a row between the two countries grows.


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. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:56 am
Thanks Simone, Now they are admitting that they eat whales as well as use them for research, the whole idea of whaling and tradition must end..they will be extinct..and them what..

Pamylle G (458)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:56 am
Cruel & short-sighted !

Kirstie M (12)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:57 am
There must be a way for the japanese to begin to understand that these beautiful creatures were NOT put on this planet for them to slaughter for their sick desires. i pray that the Australian Government will win in this fight for these majestic and ethereal souls in our oceans, blessed be xx

. (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:57 am
ooops I meant and THEN what..

Pat Prest (50)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:59 am

I wonder if the Japanese bought these few people off?

Someone in the Australian government better start standing up for what is right, and stop giving them time to regroup with more stall tactics!

Whos waters is it sure isnt Japan, and they have entered and are making more deals with other countries to kill whales under the guise of "Research".....

Research for their sushi tables and their clients!

Madeleine L (51)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:01 am
Having trouble loading video - important story... visit site to see video and the 'excuses' of the 'protest' group.

Laura H (950)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:04 am
What a horrible 'tradition'...
it's NOT a tradtion-they are using that word as an excuse for the vicious slaughter of our beautiful whales.
What a bunch of blood thirsty SOB's.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:14 am

Beth - it's Rooibos here, not Simone :)

You're right - the Japanese have basically admitted they've been lying and breaking the law all this time. Now they are trying to protest to divert this fact and legalize what they've been doing all along!

Madeleine L (51)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:34 am
My daughter just pointed this out to me: if you watch the video, these people are saying right out that eating and hunting whales is a TRADITIONAL source of MEAT for the Japanese - they are ADMITTING that they are hunting for MEAT, not science!!!! That means that they are absolutely, without any doubt, breaking international law, in a reserve no less!!! Whoops, sorry Rooibos, hadn't seen your comment. Agree with you and I hope something will be done to show the world these sorry excuse for a protest.

Madeleine L (51)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 9:40 am
Another point: Japanese history: they have never been a country to use ships to any extent until last century, so how can whale hunting, which requires robust big ships, be 'traditional' . SOOOO obvious that it is a powerful group (I have been told Yakuza or their equivalence of Mafia) that control the whaling. We need to get through to the PEOPLE of Japan who love to 'swim with dolphins' what their country is doing and how the world feels about it, not to mention the danger !!!! that those eating this meat, including school children to whom the meat was 'donated' , are in - toxic meat!!

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 10:03 am

Madeleine - EXACTLY. As Beth pointed out, by protesting, the Japanese companies and consumers admit to their crime and now are trying any tactic - including trying to use the tried and true complaint of "racism" - to legitimate their criminal actions.

Elm Morrison (357)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 12:43 pm

One wonders how the Japanese can retain 'FACE' over this. Since 'FACE' is so important in their culture! There are many Japanese animal rights activists who are totally against this whaling business.

The Australian government is rather late to the rescue of these majestic animals. Is it because of the video footage of the Sea Shepherd's beautiful new addition being deliberately rammed and the people in distress being water cannonned? These hunters disregarded the moral code of the sea - to assist survivors of a sinking vessel. It just shows how deadly their intent is!

For what it is worth - thank you to the Australian government for finally coming to the party.

Thank you Rooibos.

IE Ries (237)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 12:58 pm

Thank you for pointing out the "save face" issue regarding Japan, it's important that people know they choose their own pride over doing the right thing. Also, thank you for noting that there ARE many humane/animal rights activists in Japan fighting this atrocity; two of them who were stripped of their civil rights by the police are now having their day in court...and all because they exposed the fact that the whalers were, in fact, selling the whale meat for profit.

Having a granadilla (or 5) from our vines out back in your honour! Cheers ;)

Charmaine C (177)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 3:18 pm
It's the lies and counter lies that get me. People who try and find any excuse to justify the evil they do! There are none so blind or deaf as those in pursuit on money!

Marjolein soederhuizen (284)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 7:03 pm
we used to eat mommoets, they are gone, we used to eat all kind off animals, now gone, do we have to eat it all?, with all the pollution the japanese should know now is the moment to stop, they are so clever, they are able to make very detailed robots, so japan get real, make progress and keep to ur technical skills, but knock it with killing endangered species.we used to eat mommoets, they are gone, we used to eat all kind off animals, now gone, do we have to eat it all?, with all the pollution the japanese should know now is the moment to stop, they are so clever, they are able to make very detailed robots, so japan get real, make progress and keep to ur technical skills, but knock it with killing endangered species.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 8:55 pm
There are so many traditions that evolving countries have left behind, i .e. we don't burn witches anymore (at least in Europe and the US), etc. And then to pull the race card, boohoo. Thank you, Eureka, for pointing out that there are also animal rights activists in Japan that oppose this slaughter. Maybe we should combine forces?

Estella Ameigh (22)
Wednesday February 24, 2010, 10:18 pm
Not all traditions should continue. At some point in a person's life you begin to learn of what is a good thing to continue and what should be stopped. Time to evolve.

chris b (2474)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:17 am
I was reminded of the sketch by the late great British actor and comedian Peter Sellers, when in a spoof interview with a worker at a toothbrush factory, a worker states that "my forefathers have been engaged on toothbrush holemanship since 1958" and that was recorded in 1960 I believe! You have to admire the "front" of the Japanese on the claim of this "tradition" which of course was imposed on them as an anti starvation measure by the US military occupation of Japan in the forties following WW2. Before that an adhoc arrangement with old surplus Norwegian whaling tackle comprised a very minor input into Japans larder. Nowadays I'm told whalemeat and dolphin meat is still a minor constituent of Japanese diet. This is all about the loss of Government face and for a nation with such proud traditions of honour it has only itself to blame for behaving in such a dishonourable and deceitful way hiding behind the stolen English word "research" using military grade acoustic weaponary against a civilian helicoptor in an attempt to disable the pilot and thus destroy him and the aircraft and attempting to murder protestors by ramming their small boat and ignoring the subsequent distress calls and attacking the survivors with high power water cannon. Much the same as their ancestors did in WW2, shameful behaaviour that is anything but honourable. For those that are interested in history I can recommend the bokk" Japanese War Crimes" although the photo of an Australian POW being beheaded on the back cover is enought to put one off one's lunch! The pursuit of facesaving even ommits to tell the Japanese public the findings of the Japanese Government's experts, that whale and dolphin meat is heavily contaminated with a cocktail of pollutants which advises pregnant ladies in Japan to avoid the meat, presumably to avoid potential birth defects. Thus they cannot be honest even with their own citizens!

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:20 am
So what will happen now ?

chris b (2474)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 12:21 am
Whilst watching the video of the Japanese protest it occurred to me that these protestors could well be representatives of the whaling industry and even government officials. Something about there manner and general demeanour did not have a ring of truth or geniune regard for there protest subject! Perhaps yet more devious behaviour from some PR organisation rather then a genuine protest!

IE Ries (237)
Thursday February 25, 2010, 6:22 am

chris - estute observation, am going to review that footage again. Very good possibility that these are merely officials and corporate execs in disguise as "citizens concerned about culture."


Kathy Chadwell (354)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 2:38 am
You cannot currently send a star to Rooibos because you have done so within the last week.

Gee what did they have? about a dozen or so suits there:) I know protests, they take close shots when there is a small turn out to make it look bigger. When I went to a PETA protest they had here against the pork producers I wore my daisy duke shorts and a top (eons ago:) Nope we didn't have any suits there. Don't see too many suits at protests. What I'm going to do is start blasting Toyota for their cars that killed 2 families. The more we can boycott anything Japan the less money they'll have to bribe officials with.
I hope everybody knows that the new study that came out said the so called fix to those car isn't going to work. Buy Ford:)

IE Ries (237)
Saturday February 27, 2010, 6:25 am

Thanks Kathy :)

I think Chris B is right: it's Japanese government officials and executives not-so-innocently pretending to be average Japanese citizens innocently "looking after their culture." Uh huh...NOT.

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Monday August 31, 2015, 8:31 pm
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