by Michael dEstries
Categories: Animals, Causes, Film/TV
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June 5th marks the return of the controversial series Whale Wars on Discovery Channel’s Animal Planet Network. As we chronicled a bit this year, Paul Watson and his crew faced ever greater challenges in hunting down and disrupting the Japanese whaling fleet. In the end, however, their efforts were rewarded with Japan reaching none of its quotas for the season.

We’ve got a promo clip of Season 2 available below. The network has also released some raw footage deemed too graphic for those under 18 — though we encourage anyone who has never witnessed what a whale hunt to watch. It definitely will give you some perspective on what Sea Shepherd is attempting to curtail. That clip runs below the fold. Click here to learn more about Whale Wars Season Two.

About Michael dEstries

Michael has been blogging since 2005 on issues such as sustainability, renewable energy, philanthropy, and healthy living. He regularly contributes to a slew of publications, as well as consulting with companies looking to make an impact using the web and social media. He lives in Ithaca, NY with his family on an apple farm.

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  • steph

    yay…FINALLY!@!

  • http://veganbodybuilding.com RAINRA

    Fight the Japanese Boats. UN should shut them down

  • deena

    These folks are truly heroes. Thanks for what you do!

  • http://na John

    what the Japanese are doing is completely legal. sea shepherd should stop wasting money on whales and spend it on feeding the hungry.

  • http://www.KristensRaw.blogspot.com Kristen’s Raw

    Amazing man. I get so pissed watching those hunts… makes my blood boil! I can’t wait for the series and wish him the best! Heroes indeed!

  • Whoever…

    “you’re too close to me”

    I love it when he replies to the whaler bastard: “you’re too close to the whale!” :)

    I actually think they’re too soft on the fu***** whalers!

    I would just place bombs on their ships and watch them go down!!

    War is war…! The japanese are going against international laws and conventions and therefore they should be put down! Everyone is so concerned about the alleged Somali pirates:
    http://www.sfbayview.com/2009/you-are-being-lied-to-about-pirates/
    but no one does anything about these real pirates!!

    Humans… scum (some, not all – I’m not that bitter… well maybe I am… Yeah I’m definitely a very bitter human… tough)!!

    At least I’m not a whaler :) or a seal hunter… or a hunter… or a meat eater :)

  • Bob

    THE REAL PIRATES ARE THE DUMB FUCKS ON THE STEVE IRWIN! if steve was alive he would order the destruction of that terrorist ship.

  • http://www.veganjapan.net herwin

    i fail to understand the word in the first sentence ; “controversial”. its one of Animal Planets most populair series, there is little controversy about it.

  • maelstrom

    Hey Bob…Irwin was a SSCS supporter…do your homework dumbass.

  • http://www.remyc.com RemyC

    “what the Japanese are doing is completely legal”
    huh… exterminating 6 million people was once legal in Germany. Did that make it OK?

  • drivin98

    If I were the Japanese I would arrest them and jail them. The only thing they are accomplishing is pissing off millions of Japanese people and adding to their resolve not to change. They don’t harrass the Koreans or any of the other whale-harvesting countries. What about American whalers? Why not chase them around?

    Confrontation that puts peoples lives in danger is NOT a way to achieve objectives. I suspect Watson and crew are more interested in stroking their egos and making money rather than whale saving.

  • Whoever…

    Actually ‘john’, what these japanese (under the protection of their government) are doing is illegal. They are cowards who are using the excuse of scientific research to hunt whales.

    Oh, and in case you don’t know (obviously you don’t!), the japanese mafia is behind whaling.

    And if you’re so worried about feeding the hungry, why don’t you sell your TV, your computer and all the superfluous possessions you own and give the money to institutions who feed the hungry?

    I for one believe we can tackle everything at the same time. Some people fight for human rights, others fight for animal rights. People like you are part of the problem, not part of the solution. If we stopped everything we’re doing and just concentrate on feeding the hungry, then nothing would ever be solved!

    And why don’t you get off your butt and do some volunteering? I do that in the animal rights ‘department’! Why don’t you do the same in the human rights ‘department’?
    It’s easier to point fingers than to do something about it isn’t it?

    bob: you and the likes of you are the terrorists! What are you doing (‘besides insulting’ people who are fighting for their ideals and for what they think it’s the right thing to do) to improve this world? People like yourself don’t deserve to live in such a wonderful planet as ours!! Earth’s natural resources are a waste on people like you!!

  • http://nothoney.com sheryl

    YES! I can hardly wait to see what I read in the updates.

  • Johnson Rogers

    drivin98, Sea Shepherd wish to stop all illegal whaling. Not just Japan. Look on their website, read what they’re about. For starters, just go here:

    http://www.seashepherd.org/whales/whaling-around-the-world.html

    They tell you about Whaling around the world and what Sea Shepherd has done with regards to it.

    Then just the other day on May 27, they’re discussing going out to stop Iceland here:

    http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/news-090527-1.html

    Also, Bob you seem to think you’re speaking out of respect for Steve Irwin. If you really were a fan of his, you’d know that he was a great supporter of Sea Shepherd and was meant to join them on one of their trips. Sadly he never got the chance. One of their ships is now named after him out of a sign of respect for his work, and so that he’ll always be with them.

    On the launch of the ship the ‘Steve Irwin’ which Terri Irwin was there for she said it would be great if the headlines were to come back and say ‘Steve Irwin ends whaling’.

  • Jen

    I think what the Sea Shepherd is doing is fantastic and can’t wait till the seas and oceans are full of protecters such as these. I wish we had the benefit of such groups to protect the congo gorillas and the colorado wolves, etc. I love to read the websites to know that there are others like me that support their methods too as waiting for the law or for the “proper channels” to do something would end in disasterous results. Keep on keeping on

  • RWir

    My main concern is always for the crew. Obviously I know the Sea Shepard made it home OK, how I have no idea. It is scary watching how incompetent that “Captain” and his “1st mate” are. I could not believe the “Captain” left the bridge while navigating through ice. Then the “1st mate” repeatedly stating he could not understand and was confused when the crew gave him coordinates. He then steered the ship INTO ice.

    I would not get in a row boat on a pond with these idiots.

  • Dave

    I actually watched a few episodes thinking they may be doing some good work, now I look forward to their next clip on The Soup. Idiots.

  • BH

    If I were the Japanese I would shoot the Steve Irwin crew as soon as they began harassing my ship. End of story. That would make for a good episode.

  • laughin

    I love the cause, and and I like how they actually have a few qualified people this season.

    I don’t know if it is the TV producers making them look like idiots or if the rest of the crew is actually that incompetent. Stay out of the ice, choose your battles wisely and communicate your status when away from the ship, seems like some simple guidelines are just being ignored.

  • theresa

    Good for him. He needs all the help he can get to watching whales get slaughtered. I hope you can get more ships to get those Japs. It’s war again.

  • John

    I agree in principle that whaling is bad. But the Captain is incompenent. He repeately puts people at risk by asking inexperenced crews to do risky “missions” in rough weather and in a area of the world that does not forgive mistakes. I’m afraid it is only a matter of time before someone will be seriously hurt or killed. As for the 1st mate, learn your compass points and simple navigation. It is excusable that the 1st mate does not know simple navigation and while in the middle of a ice field is not the place to learn.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    Yeah,

    Those sea shepards should be killed as soon as they climb aboard the Japanese ship. Why don’t they simply mind their own business?!? They’re dick heads if they think it’s noble to stop whaling. There are plenty of whales to hunt. Yes, as someone said here, spend that mulitude of money on hungry people instead of trying to stop the killing of these damn whales. Fuck the Irwin crew. They discrace Steve’s name.

  • steph

    um….i actually believe that steve irwin and his wife (who i believe christened the ship) are big supporters of what they do…so i dont belive the irwin family think its a disgrace.

    you think the Japanese are using all the millions the make slaughtering whales to help the hungry??

    what do YOU do to help change the world? Do you go out and HELP THE HUNGRY? or you just donate $20 once a year and think you are such a great person.

    i find it hilarious that MOST people that point fingers at AR activist saying “oh me oh my people are starving they are wasting time and money” usually do absolutely NOTHING to impact the causes they believe in….

    except complain on animal protection orientated broads online.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    These nutty animal rights activists would like to stop all hunting in the world, and it would be an ecological nightmare! Try to wrap your stupid minds around that one. These crazys are generally criminals and at least way the hell out of line. Hunting is good, a-holes!! Since the sea shepards want to risk their worthless lives, I’d love to see their ship sink. It would be very poetic.

  • Whoever…

    @Steve Anderson:

    From your rude and insulting language, it is obvious that you’re not a very evolved person!!

    “would like to stop all hunting in the world, and it would be an ecological nightmare!”

    You really are a very uninformed person aren’t you?

    Humans have created the ecological nightmare the world has sank into!!
    Nature is perfectly balanced. The only disruptive variable on this planet is humankind!

    Haven’t you ever heard of a ‘list’ of endangered species worldwide, which by the way is the result of human activities?

    Do I need to remind you that humans haven’t always inhabited Earth? You do know that there was a time when we weren’t around…!?

    “Try to wrap your stupid minds around that one.”

    Maybe you’re the one who should try to wrap his ‘superior’ mind around that!!

    Maybe you should, I don’t know, watch a few wild life documentaries, read magazines like National Geographic, and so on…

    Probably you would learn something instead of making a fool of yourself on-line!

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    Hey dick nose: endangered animals should be protected, but not every single animal on the face of the Earth is endagered. Wild life documentaries are some of my favorite shows. Pandas, Indian Tigers, African big cats and more. ThESE are important. I dig it more than a one-track minded person like yourself can understand. There’s a big picture to see. Huh?!? Bleeding heart retards like “whoever” shouldn’t get to inhabit the planet. You make it a lesser place.

  • Chris

    Whoever…, there is no question about the legality of the whaling or the value of the research done by the Japanese. It is completely legal under the international agreements that they’ve signed and they are mandated to report yearly all the research they’ve done. You can, and should, go take a look at the reports. The research done by the Japanese is very real, cannot be done without killing the whales, and has increased our understanding of these animals greatly. This is all well documented and understood by the people who have actually bothered to study the issue. If the Japanese were not whaling we would know much less about these animals than we do now.

    So, yes they are killing whales, yes they are selling the whale meat for human consumption, and yes they are doing very valid science. The World isn’t as black and white as some extremists think. Vilifying the opposite side of the argument, seeing them as completely evil in everything they do and yourself as completely virtuous in everything you do, refusing to acknowledge their viewpoints and culture is not a way to reach a sustainable solution. I’m convinced that the short-sighted actions of Sea Shepherd are leading to more whales being killed over the long run.

  • Whoever…

    @Steve Anderson:

    I’m not going to stoop down to your level by using insults to try to make a point.

    Violence (physical and verbal) is the favourite resource used by not very evolved people to try to make their points valid!
    It actually makes them lose all credibility.

    You obviously don’t understand very well what you read – “would like to stop all hunting in the world, and it would be an ecological nightmare!” – my reply to this was an attempt to try to make you understand (apparently with no success) that this statement is not true.
    That’s why I mentioned the endangered species – some of them are endangered exactly because of over-hunt!

    “You make it a lesser place”
    Care to rephrase that!?

    Please do not address me again because I have no time or patience to lose with people who cannot argue with intelligence and education!!

    @Chris

    “It is completely legal under the international agreements that they’ve signed and they are mandated to report yearly all the research they’ve done.”

    What agreements? Please, show me where I can find those alleged agreements!
    I don’t know what reports you’re referring to! And even if those reports were real, do you truly believe they aren’t biased?

    “The research done by the Japanese is very real, cannot be done without killing the whales, and has increased our understanding of these animals greatly.”

    What research do you think one can do on dead animals? Only anatomical research. And for that you would probably only need one dead animal of each species!!
    Come on, you can do better than that!!
    By the way, do you know that scientists who study animal behaviour are starting to do that kind of research in the field, watching the animals in their natural habitat? That way they know that what they’re seeing is the real behaviour of animals and thus there is no chance of artificial variables influencing the results.
    And how has our understanding and knowledge of whales increased by their slaughter?

    And I’m the extremist and short-sighted one!?

    Okay…

  • Chris

    “What agreements? Please, show me where I can find those alleged agreements! I don’t know what reports you’re referring to! And even if those reports were real, do you truly believe they aren’t biased?”

    So you admit you don’t know even the very basics of the issue you’re arguing about. It never ceases to amaze me how extreme positions people can hold with blind conviction without knowing anything about the issue. It is very telling that you’re convinced that there is some bias in the reports you know nothing about, made to a committee you know nothing about, with results you know nothing about.

    Just for your education, the relevant agreement is the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, which Japan has signed. The relevant part is article VIII. Which, among other things, mandates that the results of scientific research must be made available to the Scientific Committee of the International Whaling Commission.

    Given your ignorance of the basics of the organizations and agreements that govern whaling, it comes as no surprise that you’re equally ignorant of the type of research that is done both on dead and live whales. Fortunately you need not remain ignorant but can go and educate yourself by studying the materials published by the Scientific Committee of IWC.

    Personally I want to see whaling either banned or at least significantly reduced so that we do not drive these animals to extinction, but I cannot stand uneducated extremists even if they’re nominally on my side of the argument.

  • Whoever…

    Either I write very badly or some people don’t understand very well what they read…

    “So you admit you don’t know even the very basics of the issue you’re arguing about”

    Please do not write words I didn’t use, okay!?

    I know very well about the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.
    http://www.iwcoffice.org/commission/procedure.htm

    You could have mentioned it in the first place instead of referring to agreements and reports… abstractly!

    “ceases to amaze me how extreme positions people can hold with blind conviction without knowing anything about the issue”

    What an original argument!

    You failed, however, to mention one other significant fact…
    You should take a look at Article IX:
    2. No bonus or other remuneration calculated with relation to the results of their work shall be paid to the gunners and crews of whale catchers in respect of any whales the taking of which is forbidden by this Convention.

    Isn’t Japan commercialising whale meat?
    Hum… what about that?

    “It is very telling that you’re convinced that there is some bias in the reports you know nothing about,”
    “with results you know nothing about.”

    Have you read any of those reports?
    I mean, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that if they’re going against the majority the international community on this matter, then their reports can’t be that impartial can they? The committee? What assures me they’re impartial? There are other signatory countries desperate to bring back whaling! But that’s my personal opinion!
    What are the results by the way!?

    “Given your ignorance of the basics of the organizations and agreements that govern whaling, it comes as no surprise that you’re equally ignorant of the type of research that is done both on dead and live whales”

    You still haven’t mentioned what kind of research they do! If you’re so well informed as you say you are, please inform me!!!

    Furthermore:
    “Since 1994, Japan has conducted a “research whaling program” in the northern Pacific Ocean.10 This program is conducted in blatant defiance of objections of the international community, animal rights advocates, and environmentalists worldwide who claim that Japan’s purported whale research is nothing more than a pretext for the illicit commercial use of whale products on Japanese markets.11 “Putting it plainly,” former Commerce Secretary Norman Mineta said, “Japan is killing whales in the name of scientific research to satisfy a demand for whale meat in a few high-end restaurants and gourmet boutiques.”12 When Japan announced the continuation and expansion of its controversial whaling program in 2000, and its intention to increase its annual kill of certain species of whales in May, 2000, international outrage ensued.13 UK Fisheries Minister Elliot Morley described the Japanese announcement as “a blatant act of defiance of international opinion,” deserving “widespread international condemnation.”14 Additionally, the IWC alleged violations of international whaling norms, because of an international ban on commercial whaling, arguing further that Japan’s alleged research purposes are an exploitative and disingenuous reading of the IWC regulations to accomplish Japan’s commercial objectives.15 In defiance of IWC resolutions and the pleas of other countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, Japan has targeted primarily minke whales.16 With the expansion of its research program, Japan extended [*PG326]its targeted whale species to the sperm and bryde’s whales, mammals that are deemed endangered and protected under U.S. law.17″
    http://www.bc.edu/bc_org/avp/law/lwsch/journals/bciclr/25_2/07_TXT.htm

    I would like to emphasize “Japan extended [*PG326]its targeted whale species to the sperm and bryde’s whales, mammals that are deemed endangered and protected under U.S. law”

    “Personally I want to see whaling either banned or at least significantly reduced”

    Really?
    I got the exact opposite impression… No wonder we still haven’t been able to end whaling once and for all!

  • maelstrom

    If you look at the whaler’s website they freely admit that the only purpose for their “scientific” hunt is to “prove” to the IWC that whaling is “sustainable”. Disgusting!

  • maelstrom

    I, like chris, also recommend that everybody check out the materials published by the IWC…you’ll soon realize that Japan’s “scientific research” has contributed NOTHING to the body of knowledge of whales. Unlike chris I don’t defend whalers REGARDLESS of how I feel about SSCS.

  • Chris

    Whoever…, It would be obvious to anyone knowledgeable of the debate which agreement and reports I was referring to; it is THE agreement governing whaling, what other agreement could I possibly be referencing? The fact that you didn’t know shows your ignorance of the basics of the argument.

    “You failed, however, to mention one other significant fact…
    You should take a look at Article IX:

    Isn’t Japan commercialising whale meat?
    Hum… what about that?”

    Article IX, paragraph 2 says that you cannot pay crews a bonus for catching any whales they’re not allowed to catch under the agreement. What’s your point? Did you even understand what the article says?

    I assume by “commercializing whale meat” you’re referring to the fact that much of the whale meat caught is sold for human consumption in Japan. This is perfectly legal under Article VIII paragraph 2. Absolutely there are commercial aspects to the Japanese whaling, but there are scientific aspects to the whaling as well. In fact, without the “loophole” of VIII:2 Japan probably would’ve never signed the convention and there would be no oversight or negotiations over the whaling with the Japanese.

    The majority of people who eat whale meat in Japan are from the older generations. As the younger generations take over there is a good chance to evolve the convention towards either stopping or significantly reducing the scientific whaling. That is if Japan is a part of the agreement. Actions like ramming the Japanese whaling fleet only increase the risk that the Japanese feel like they’re being attacked and will defend themselves and their right to whale rather than move towards stopping whaling.

    “Have you read any of those reports?
    I mean, you don’t have to be a rocket scientist to realize that if they’re going against the majority the international community on this matter, then their reports can’t be that impartial can they? The committee? What assures me they’re impartial? There are other signatory countries desperate to bring back whaling!”

    Yes I have read their reports and other documents. You can read the documents yourself and you can look at the composition and statements of the committee to judge their validity.

    “I would like to emphasize “Japan extended [*PG326]its targeted whale species to the sperm and bryde’s whales, mammals that are deemed endangered and protected under U.S. law”

    I would like to emphasize “U.S. law”. It does not apply to the Japanese.

    “No wonder we still haven’t been able to end whaling once and for all!”

    Eating whale meat has been a part of the Japanese culture, as well as others, for a very long time. They feel like the have a right to catch whales, you feel like they don’t; both are equally justified in their positions. This is not something that can be changed over night. It will necessarily take time. That’s just how the real world works.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    No, “whoever”, I don’t care to rephrase. It was written true and correct. The world doesn’t need very extreme points of view like your side. Humans weren’t here first, so that means we can’t make use of the tremendous bounty?!? No animals should ever go extinct but a few whales can certainly be taken. Instead, misguided fools like the sea shepards would rather cause a collision and risk many human lives. They are no better than the armed bandits who recently took over a ship. Same. Try making a point to a shortsighted “person” like you, though. Wow. Fish, hunt and eat meat.

  • maelstrom

    @chris…
    “Eating whale meat has been a part of the Japanese culture, as well as others, for a very long time.”

    Commercial whaling is NOT a part of Japanese culture…it was a “gift” of the American administration after Japan’s defeat in the 40s. There is nothing cultural about the Japanese sailing 7000 miles with a factory ship and fast killer vessels to kill whales in their Antartic winter feeding grounds.

    For someone who is supposedly against whaling you sure are arguing pretty hard for the whalers.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    “whoever”,

    You insinuated that you WERE educated. You don’t come across as being all that bright.

  • maelstrom

    That’s pretty funny Steve Anderson…I was thinking the same thing about you!

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    Come on now.

  • Whoever…

    Chris, it is so obvious that you fully support whaling!! You’re not being honest in your comments. At least have the courage to admit it!!

    It’s also very interesting to realize you still haven’t told me what scientific advances were made regarding our knowledge of these animals, by slaughtering them.

    “Yes I have read their reports and other documents.”

    Where? What do they say?

    “Article IX, paragraph 2 says that you cannot pay crews a bonus for catching any whales they’re not allowed to catch under the agreement. What’s your point? Did you even understand what the article says?”

    Yes I understood it! But did you understand what I meant? Do you think japanese whalers (private companies) hunt whales for free and only for scientific purposes? The scientific research is just a cover-up to maintain the commerce of whale meat:

    “Yushin, owned by The Institute for Cetacean Research, the organisation behind Japan’s whaling programme, and Kyodo Senpaku, which operates the whaling fleet, was designed to showcase and promote the consumption of whale meat in Japan. [...] Confirming that it was a financially motivated decision, a whaling industry spokesman told the Telegraph: “The purpose of Yushin was to enable more people to taste whale meat and to promote its consumption in Japan.”
    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/asia/japan/3450376/Japanese-whale-industrys-flagship-restaurant-to-close.html

    Oh and to prove to you what kind of people these whalers really are (and who are not in it for the scientific research), please read this:
    http://www.upi.com/Top_News/2009/01/07/Japan-whalers-reject-enviros-search-help/UPI-41081231339576/
    And please don’t twist what you’re about to read. The crewman fell overboard not as a consequence of Sea Shepherd’s tactics, ok?

    “I would like to emphasize “U.S. law”. It does not apply to the Japanese.”

    What I wanted to emphasize was “japan extended [*PG326]its targeted whale species to the sperm and bryde’s whales, mammals that are deemed endangered” Wasn’t the convention signed by all those countries in order to protect whales from facing the risk of extinction?
    Where does the scientific research fit in all of this? Why is the alleged scientific research more important than protecting endangered species?

    “Eating whale meat has been a part of the Japanese culture, as well as others, for a very long time”

    Culture and traditions don’t justify everything. In my country we have bullfighting and that same ridiculous argument has been used over and over to defend that barbaric ‘show’. Following that line of thinking christians would still be being fed to the lions in arenas…!

    You know what, I’m through with you. It’s not possible to have a debate when one party is not willing to accept the information and data the other party brings into the argument. You don’t take into consideration any of the arguments I presented.

    You twist everything I write and therefore this is obviously a waste of my time! No matter what I write, you’ll continue to believe you possess the ultimate truth…
    So, enjoy it!

  • Chris

    “Chris, it is so obvious that you fully support whaling!! You’re not being honest in your comments. At least have the courage to admit it!!”

    I have stated plainly and unambiguously that I personally want to see whaling, even scientific whaling, banned or reduced enough so that no species is endangered by it. I don’t understand how you could possibly misinterpret that as support for whaling.

    “It’s also very interesting to realize you still haven’t told me what scientific advances were made regarding our knowledge of these animals, by slaughtering them.”

    I told you a source for that information, I am not going to regurgitate it for you just because you’re lazy enough not to do your own research before you go posting your uneducated opinions.

    “Do you think japanese whalers (private companies) hunt whales for free and only for scientific purposes? The scientific research is just a cover-up to maintain the commerce of whale meat”

    Had you read and comprehended what I wrote you’d know that I’m perfectly well aware that there is a commercial motive to the whaling. However, what they’re doing is perfectly within the rules of the agreements they’ve signed and therefore perfectly legal.

    “Wasn’t the convention signed by all those countries in order to protect whales from facing the risk of extinction?
    Where does the scientific research fit in all of this? Why is the alleged scientific research more important than protecting endangered species?”

    The convention was signed to bring all the parties to the same table to negotiate and oversee whaling. The ultimate goal is to protect the whale species from extinction. Scientific whaling is a loophole to allow the Japanese and other whaling nations to continue limited whaling for now. Would you prefer none of them signed the convention and continued purely commercial whaling without any negotiation or oversight by the rest of the world? They could perfectly legally do it.

    Sea Shepherd and their supporters are of the George W. Bush-mindset which blindly ignores the real complexities of the problems, sees everything as black-and-white/good-and-evil, and thinks brute force can solve the issues.

    “You know what, I’m through with you. …”

    It’s enough of a victory to me that I managed to make you actually read the convention that governs whaling.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    There you go again “whoever”: Bull fighting is fine entertainment. Try to understand. You show no knowledge of the word “barbaric”. The fine folks in Japan like to eat whale meat so they should be able to enjoy it. Talk about twisting things? It’s your way or no way. Tune into “Bizarre Foods”. Watch Andrew Zimmern travel the world eating all kinds of strange fare. I especially love it when he uses a gun and kills something for supper that undoubtly had parents. Tasty meat. It really is a great spectacle. He’s normal and loves eating once living food.

  • sid

    Screw the Whales. There are people dying all around the world. Lets feed them first.

    The fact that fat bastard of a captain thinks it’s ok to die to save a whale makes you realize he’s mentally unbalanced. Then you look across at his first mate, the biggest dolt in the South Sea (Peter Brown) and realize just how deluded these eco-nuts are.

    There are well over 100,000 minky whales out there, so killing 1000 every year is a drop in the bucket.

    What’s next?

    Lets egg the ranchers and shut down the slaughter houses. Ban Pork, Chicken, Crab, Lobster, Clams…

    Watson is going to get someone on his crew killed one of these days and he’ll have to come to grips with the fact that while Whaling and indeed any time of hunting is cruel. Human life is more precious then that of any other creature.

  • Ecofriend

    Speaking from scientific point of view, the research being done by the Japanese walers is worthless. Most of it can’t make it past the peer review stage. Therefore it can’t be published as scientific fact. Making it essentially worthless.
    Also, it might be important to point out that with modern techniques most of these tests can be done without killing the whale. Any biologist, or environmental scientist would know this, so if the whaling industry truly is about scientific research to promote conservation and a healthy population then theoretically their scientists would have mentioned it.
    The whaling industry is claiming that it is necessary to kill these whales to get their results because they are also providing “population management.” Now, as an environmental scientist I would have to ask myself, under what circumstance is it necessary to manage a population that is considered endangered? The only situation that would occur to me is if this particular population is residing in an area that it is not native to and is considered invasive, meaning that it has no natural means of population control (no natural enemies and high birthrate). This is not the case here as the whales are residing in their own habitat and already have a natural means of population control, specifically a low birthrate.
    Unfortunately, what they are doing is probably legal (horribly immoral and ecolgically devastating, but legal). This is a grey area in the law, trust me there are a lot of them when it comes to environmental issues. Even environmental issues that directly affect human health have these incredibly vague grey areas. In many well developed countries it isn’t necessary to test pesticides anymore, they get passed through a grey area fo the law meant for emergencies. Now, at least where I am from some of these pesticides are being banned and recalled beause they got out into the environment and have caused deformities in the development of brains and hearts in children. I’m sure the parents of these children take comfort in the fact that the pesticide companies haven’t done anything legally wrong. While some these specific pesticides are being banned very similar ones are being pushed through the same grey area to poison children all over again. The problem isn’t that people are breaking the law, it’s that the laws aren’t set up to protect the general population. Laws are made to protect industry, not human health or human interests. Therefore we can’t do anything to stop them but try to oppose the loop hole in the law and have it ratified.
    As for the actions of the Sea Shephard, it is clear that they truly care about the whales. However, I do think that the only way to stop whaling is to change the laws. Once that happens we will be able to lock up whoever doesn’t comply. Until this happens the Sea Shephards are the only thing limiting the amount of whales being killed in the Antarctic.
    As for many people on this forum, it is not your right to chose which causes are worthy and which are a waste of time. If someone wants to spend their time and money dealing with environmental issues that is their perogative and you should respect that.
    As for the attitude that human life is more important than anything else on this planet I have to disagree. Without these other species the human race would die out. Now more then ever we need to maintain healthy ecosystems. Agriculture in North America is not sustainable (again this is what scientists are saying and I am basing this statement on the information given to me through a sustainable agriculture course offered at my university). If we lose the ability to maintain our own health due to environmental issues our society will collapse. Environmental degredation is actually the largest reason why societies have collapsed in the past (here I am refering to the book Collapse by Gerald Diamond). I’m not saying that it is the only reason, just one that has been consistant in the breakdown of society in the past.
    People have this opinion that it is us vs the environment in a battle for survival and domination. Unfortunately those people are misguided. It’s not us vs them, it’s life for us all (plants, animals and humans) or life for none of us.

  • http://Ecorazzi Steve Anderson

    It has been shown that most animal rights activist are criminals. These stupid sea shepards are in the way and risking lives. The Japanese fisherman should start harpooning these dumbass fucks on the Steve Irwin boat. Oh, yes: all members of PETA should be killed and eaten.

  • RepoMan

    I for one hope to hell that the whalers take one of the LRAD’s and ram it up Paul Watson’s ass and turns the gain all the way up on the damn thing. What these idiots on the Steve Irwin are doing is so retarded its comical. They go off planning and attacking these whaling ships and are then just flabbergasted when they retaliate…well DUHHHHHH you idiots if I were on that ship I would be harpooning your asses…DOHHH!!!

  • http://bob bob

    The thing that gets me is that the way they kill the whales.

  • Man of God

    Whale wars is indeed a very entertaining program that atracts millions of viewers due to it’s highly controversial and real content. I myself watch the show mainly for the beautiful ocean sceneries and icebergs that appear in it. Now let’s talk Whale Wars.

    What Paul Watson and his crew are doing is purely a waste of time, money and valuable time in their lifes. Let’s talk creation for a moment here. God created all the animals on Earth for man, period! God gave Adam the right to kill any animal that he pleased to eat, whether it’s a Whale, alligator, Seal or fish or anything else.

    The problem starts when ” Man ” puts God to the side and tries to become God himself! People don’t just understand this, if a certain whale dissapears due to whale hunting, God can reproduce them again or create another new species out of nothing! People, God is in control of all creation and humans should not be fighting trying to save the animals!

    Instead try this, what about ” SAVING YOUR SOUL ” ins’nt your soul way more important than saving a whale? When a whale dies it dies but when a person dies he or she will either go to heaven or hell and will have to deal with the judgement of God!

    Paul Watson, if you have ears to hear then hear this: You have been fighting a ” worthless ” cause and have wasted almost your entire life preventing animals from being killed but God is now saying through me to you, ” Paul, look for me and I will show you the Truth “.

    This is how the devil plays with people’s mind and emotion by planting ” false ” feelings for worthless things. The same can be applied to all other people who want to ” save the earth ” or ” save the Tigers ” or whatever they feel that they should save, IT’S A FALSE SATANIC MIRAGE “.

    The Bible says, until a man comes to the light he is in darkness and this is what the darkness can do to people. When the whale is gone it’s gone, but you on the other hand have to face ETERNAL JUDGEMENT from God. Man was created in the image of God, because each man has a unique spirit from Him. Once we die, we will appear in front of God’s throne and he will ask us, ” what have you done with your life? “. The reason why man focuses all his energy on the things of this World is because he was created with a purpose. Our spirit is desperately in need of finding each individual’s purpose. The word of God says, ” you shall know the truth and the truth will set you free “, therefore when you don’t know the truth you focus your energy on the things that are not correct. This is a pointless war, as without Jesus man cannot find his real identity, Jesus said, ” I am the way, the truth and the life, without Jesus you have no way, no truth and no life. This is the main difference between man and animals, animals don’t have to be concerned with where they will spend their Eternity because they were not created in the image of God like we are.

    Indeed, God wants us to take care of the animals and don’t torture them but He gave us the animals for us to eat and live as beautiful as the animal may be. God understands if for example Japan likes whale meat, and kills whales to consume them. What’s wrong with that?

    The Japanese have clearly stated that the ” Minke ” whales have overly populated the World’s Oceans and that the Minke Whales are actually ” depleting ” the World’s fish supply due to their huge appetite for fish and this is why the World Scientific community have allowed that each year around 2000 Minke whales can be killed in order to maintain a healthy Ocean balance.

    Killings whales is like killing chicken, pork and fish. Tell me, are people going to fight for them too? IT’S POINTLESS. The Japanese are doing nothing ilegal, as they have a scientific permit to kill around 1000 Minke Whales each year whether it’s for research or to make Sushi!

    On the other hand, She Shepherd is ILLEGALLY harrasing the Japanese in a pointless battle. Wake up Sea Shepherds, and learn about the REAL SHEPHERD WHO GAVE HIS LIFE FOR YOU, JESUS CHRIST.

    SEEK GOD THROUGH JESUS, AND SAVE YOUR SOUL NOT WHALES!!!

  • http://ladyslowpoke@vtc.net Jacqueline Rule

    The Australians should stop the Japanese from whaling in a whale reserve. What is the matter with an internation law that lets a country set that many whales to die for ( so called research )…You know that is a big lie. The Japanese are doing it for the money and one or two whales is reasonable for research not the hundreds they are killing for profit. Why is that law not changed so it is controlled properly or is Australia and other countries wlling to let Japan kill whatever they want in any waters they want. They need to be stopped. They are proffiteers and liars. DON’T LISTEN TO THEM AND THEIR LIES. STOP THEM NOW

  • http://ladyslowpoke@vtc.net Jacqueline Rule

    Is there going to be a season 3 on whale wars. I hope so . They are doing a good thing and should have more help from Australis in stopping Japanese whaling in a Australian whale reserve.

  • JW

    1st things 1st, I think what the Sea shepherd crew is doing is the first good thing I have seen in a very long time. They are out there to expose the japanese of what the japanese call their “research” Its too bad they cant use other means to thwart this illegal action, otherwise like the movie entitled “their will be blood” would be a perfect description of what should happen, to any whale killers who kill them for the luxury of money. Next thing is how in the F!!!!! do you compare chickens to whales, with millions of chickens (not to mention bird flu)they are no where near mass extinction like some whales are and speaking of god, who in the F!!! gave the previous writer the right to judge what should be or what shouldn’t be used to keep the ocean in balance. God makes that decision, sure as hell not the previous writer. finally I hope the 3rd season of whale wars completely eliminates the illegal action of killing whales permanently. I understand if a whale is killed for survival then thats just what it is, for survival only, not to make a profit.Honestly the previous writer sounds more like the anti-christ than someone who follows in the footsteps of the lord.

  • http://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=9FD18926170ED901&search_query=earthlings Whoever…

    “Bull fighting is fine entertainment”

    For unevolved people maybe!!
    Yes, it is a ‘barbaric’ (b : possessing or characteristic of a cultural level more complex than primitive savagery but less sophisticated than advanced civilization – merriam-webster’s online dictionary) show.

    “Screw the Whales. There are people dying all around the world. Lets feed them first.”

    An absurd argument – from that point of view why don’t you sell your computer and your tv sets and donate the money to help feed the hungry people? Why stop there? Sell you car (you can always use public transportations) and do the same thing with that money. Bur hey, let’s be more ambitious… Let’s stop everything we’re all doing and let’s feed the hungry people of this world…
    Obviously you don’t have a clue of what multitasking means. Everyone has different jobs and occupations because all of them are needed. Some organizations help feed hungry children, others help save the whales, others help refugees and so on… Get it?

    “It has been shown that most animal rights activist are criminals.[...]The Japanese fisherman should start harpooning these dumbass fucks on the Steve Irwin boat. Oh, yes: all members of PETA should be killed and eaten.”

    I guess no comments about this absurdity and immaturity are needed!

    “well DUHHHHHH you idiots if I were on that ship I would be harpooning your asses…DOHHH!!!”

    Again, this proves how animal eaters can be extremely violent people. Let me remind you that a while ago one crew member of the whaling ships fell overboard (nothing to do with the Sea Shepherd’s activities) and when SS offered to help search for him the whalers refused their help. This proves what kind of people are whalers…

    “Indeed, God wants us to take care of the animals and don’t torture them but He gave us the animals for us to eat and live as beautiful as the animal may be.”

    I’m not even going into this religious fanatic mumbo jumbo…
    All I can reply is – have you ever heard of: “Thou shall not kill?” Let me ask you something – kill what? Humans? Animals? Humans and animals? Hum… What kind of perfect god would create such an ambiguous commandment? Or did (s)he mean “not kill, period”? In that case this would mean that all non-veg*an christians would be a bunch of hypocrites, right?

    Let’s get things straight – Japan’s scientific research is a load of crap:

    http://www.newscientist.com/article/mg20227136.100-why-japans-whaling-activities-are-not-research.html

    Secondly, all those (the evil defenders) who accuse Sea Shepherd and other real AR organizations of being eco-terrorists are nothing but a bunch of cowards. At least these people are fighting for what they believe in and in the case of SS they have never seriously hurt anyone.

    It’s so easy to point fingers when you’re comfortably sitting at home and doing nothing to change this world for the better. At least these people are out there putting their asses on the line fighting for their ideals!

  • Man of God

    JW said, ” Next thing is how in the F!!!!! do you compare chickens to whales, with millions of chickens (not to mention bird flu)they are no where near mass extinction like some whales are and speaking of god, who in the F!!! gave the previous writer the right to judge what should be or what shouldn’t be used to keep the ocean in balance. God makes that decision, sure as hell not the previous writer.

    Just like the Dinosaurs that are extinct, God does whatever He feels like with all the animals including whales. If an animal gets extinct, no big deal as God can create another new entire species out of nothing! But God is really not interested in saving His animals, He is interested in His best creation, HUMANITY.

    JW said, ” Honestly the previous writer sounds more like the anti-christ than someone who follows in the footsteps of the lord “.

    So, I give you the Word of God and you call me anti-christ? How is that possible? I am here trying to give everyone spiritual light and the people who have never ever bothered to pick up a Bible start calling me anti-god. HOW ABSURD AND PLAIN HATEFUL.

    Study the Bible, know the Lord and get saved.

    Whoever said, ” I’m not even going into this religious fanatic mumbo jumbo…
    All I can reply is – have you ever heard of: “Thou shall not kill?” Let me ask you something – kill what? Humans? Animals? Humans and animals? Hum… What kind of perfect god would create such an ambiguous commandment? Or did (s)he mean “not kill, period”? In that case this would mean that all non-veg*an christians would be a bunch of hypocrites, right?

    First of all, I am not a religious fanatic, I have a relationship with God. When God commanded ” thou shall not kill ” He meant humans, not animals as it is very clear that God made a lot of animals for us ( His special creation ) to eat and enjoy. Did’nt you ever read that Jesus ate fish after He resurrected? And almost all of Jesus disciples were fishermen? Were they whalers? Maybe yes maybe no, Jesus loved them even if they were whalers or even if they hunted alligators for a living.

    It is not an ambiguos commandment and yes God is perfect and every commandment He gave us is for our own good. Did’nt you know that God Himself was the first to actually kill an animal? Yes, that’s right. When Adam and Eve sinned, God killed a Lamb in order to cover them from their nakedness!

    Have you ever read that God demanded the Jews to slain ” thousands ” of male bulls and Lambs as Holocaust to pay for their sins? Yes, hundreds of thousands of bulls and lambs were killed every year as sin atonnement for the sins of Israel and actually the whole world too.

    So, as you can see God does’nt have too much love for a calf, bull, lamb, whale or whatever animal we are talking about. What He really loves is His special creation, the creation that was created in His image, US THE HUMANKIND. This is why Jesus came and died for our sins, not for the crocodriles or whales! Get it now?

    This is why there is so many blind people all over the World trying to save the Earth, save the environment, saving the animals and are not considering that is all up to the creator of all God who has the final word, and when He pulls the plug it’s goodnight Earth.

    But our God is so good that He does’nt want a single person to be lost. This is why He waits, and waits and waits but until one day when He can’t wait any longer. This is why the time is now to get to know Jesus and not later because no one knows when the Lord’s great patience will end.

  • germano

    you are too close to me…. you’re too close to the whales. what is the music at this time on the commercial?

  • Shark

    If God created animals for us to eat and use and kill… why did he wait millions of years to create us? Why were so many species of animals here millions, thousands or hundreds of years here before us?

    • andrew

      @shark I don’t know where you are getting at in your question. Is it bad that God created animals before us? Are you saying that if God created animals before us, this means that he cares more about them? if that is the case then, i think picking up a bible and reading it would help because you wouldn’t ask this question if you don’t read the bible or have a clue about christianity for that matter.
      Either way I honestly don’t have an answer for you but all I know is that God does everything for a reason and that he does things beyond our intelligence, and it shouldn’t bother you that he created animals before us, we already know who God is here for. HUMANS