Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Hunting Meat That Few Will Eat

Nisshin Maru: slip-slidin' away...
Well, here they come once more...
late for a second year in a row, but underway nonetheless. Under the laughable title of research, Japan is off on its merry little whale jaunt in Antarctica's Southern Ocean whale sanctuary. SANCTUARY!!!
The monster factory ship Nisshin Maru set sail yesterday, without any farewell ceremony or prior notice of departure as has been the case in recent years. She was accompanied by two fast hunter/killer vessels and Shonan Maru 2 (yes, the very same one that rammed Ady Gil). What's interesting about SM2 is that it's been repainted in the Japanese Fisheries Agency colour of white...could she be playing the role of the much-trumpeted strong-arm "patrol vessel"?
The loophole they jump through is known as JARPA II (or the 2nd. phase of the Japanese Whale Research Programme under Special Permit in the Antarctic). JARPA II focuses on Antarctic minke, humpback and fin whales...with provision to blast away at anything else that blithely swims into the wrong place at the wrong time. This "special permit" to kill...er...undertake research via 'lethal sampling'...in a whale sanctuary was issued TO Japan BY Japan, after the vast majority of the world said "thou shalt not kill whales commercially" 25 years ago, and Japan replied with 'the bird'...
Shonan Maru 2: playing "policeman"...?
The fleet is determined to fill the majority of its annual quota of 850 (+/- 10%) minke, 50 humpbacks and 50 fin. Last year, those inconsiderate Sea Shepherd rotters just wouldn't allow Japan to pay its way in blood - instead engaging in a long-distance game of tag, which eventually resulted in Japan scuttling home early, humiliated and nearly emptyhanded.
So it'll take the whalers the best part of a month to reach their happy hunting grounds, and by that stage there'll no doubt be an oil tanker from some dubious source also en route to top up their tanks for the weeks ahead. SS vessels will also be converging, for what promises to be a season of escalated tensions, actions and reactions...
+ ...meanwhile in Japan, citizens' groups and non-governmental organisations have urged their government to undertake a full review of whaling. They've criticised the allocation of money in its special EQ Recovery Budget for whaling.

3 comments:

Mark Kranski said...

So where's all this security the japs spent millions on? Was it just an excuse to throw more subsidy into the whaling pot? Sure sounds like it, eh.

Anonymous said...

Why as a society do we care more about marine mammals than we do about the Nia Glassey's of this world? Flipper has a lot to answer for.

Mmmmm sushi for me....

Writer Of The Purple Sage... said...

Some points to ponder:
+ Sushi contains tuna.
+ Tuna is a fish, not a mammal.
+ Bluefin tuna is being exploited to extinction by Japan [http://yardyyardyyardy.blogspot.com/2010/04/la-mattanza-traditional-tuna-massacre.html].
+ Flipper did not brutalise a 3yr.old maori girl.
+ The murderers were HER OWN LOVING FAMILY.
+ The Nia Glassie case was dealt with by the NZ justice system - such as it is.
+ The Japanese RAPE of the oceans faces no penalties whatsoever.