The Whale on Whaling

I was in the middle of the Kaimanawas when the latest Whaling debacle hit the news. Some people have emailed me to ask my opinion. So here it is plain and simple. But first a little bit of wisdom from the Book of Genesis.

24 And God said, “Let the land produce living creatures according to their kinds: livestock, creatures that move along the ground, and wild animals, each according to its kind.” And it was so. 25 God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, [b] and over all the creatures that move along the ground.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

28 God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

29 Then God said, “I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. 30 And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground?everything that has the breath of life in it?I give every green plant for food.” And it was so.

Right, got that. Whales are fair game as far as I am concerned with the proviso that we harvest them in a sustainable way. Crikey some species are so numerous they keep hurling themselves onto the beaches around the country. Homer J. Simpson had it right when he said “If god didn’t want us to eat animals why did he make them out of meat.”

On the issue of Sea Shepherd. They are pirates, plain and simple, no different from the Somali pirates that has many nations warships hunting. They are armed, they fired projectiles at the Japanese ships and shone laser lights in peoples faces and tried to disable ships in the most unforgiving of waters. Those are acts of piracy and the Japanese vessels are within their rights to protect themselves. They should be treated as common pirates on the open seas. As you can see from the Wikipedia article on piracy Sea Shepherd engages in almost all of the traits that makes a pirate. The Japanese should start deploying the following methods to deter piracy:

While the non-wartime 20th century tradition has been for merchant vessels not to be armed, the U.S. Government has recently changed the rules so that it is now “best practice” for vessels to embark a team of armed private security guards. In addition, the crew themselves can be given a weapons training, and warning shots, less-lethal ammunition, … can be fired legally in international waters and/or when sailing under Israeli or Russian flag. Finally, similar to weapons training, remote weapon systems can be implemented to a vessel.

Other measures vessels can take to protect themselves against piracy are implementing a high wall and vessel boarding protection systems (eg. hot water wall, electricity-charged water wall, automated fire monitor, slippery foam, …).

When I get myself a ship I’m going to make sure it is registered in Israel. Now, does anyone know how I can get my self a nice big Whale Steak Burger?

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