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Sea Shepherd Canberra Fundraiser to benefit Operation No Compromise

rbw 16 November 2010 22

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Join Sea Shepherd Captain Paul Watson and Sea Shepherd Canberra as we celebrate “A Night for the Whales” at Tilley’s Cafe Gallery this THURSDAY NIGHT. Unfortunately, we have only sold 66 tickets to the event, we have capacity to hold over 200 people. This event will raise funds for our upcoming Antartic Whale Defense Campaign in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, Operation No Compromise.

100% of all ticket sales are direct donations to Sea Shepherd to benefit Operation No Compromise.
There will be a silent art auction and raffle featuring artwork by Barbara Veiga, Bob Timmons, Benjamin Baldwin, as well as items signed by Captain Paul Watson.

General and after party tickets are available – please click here to come to the event

Paul Watson

Captain Paul Watson is flying into Canberra on Thursday afternoon and will appear at the Aboriginal Tent Embassy at 2.30pm for a ceremony and will hold a press conference at 3pm. He will then attend the event at Tilley’s where there will be snacks, entertainment and the silent auction. Paul will speak for 45 minutes and there will also be a DVD presentation and merchandise available for purchase. A post event after party will also occur.

It would be great for Canberrans to support this event in protecting Australia’s protected Whale Sanctuary from illegal poaching by the Japanese Whalers.

This year’s Antartic campaign promises to be just as intense as last year’s where the Ady Gil was sunk and the new vessel Bob Barker was added to the fleet. The Sea Shepherd’s have managed to acquire a new interceptor vessel to replace the Ady Gil.

TV Series ‘Lost’ and Avatar actress Michelle Rodriguez will be taking time away to join the Sea Shepherd crew for this season’s Antartic defense.


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red_dog red_dog 3:10 pm 18 Nov 10

I’m thinking Capt Watson and George Lucas share the same hair stylist.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 1:43 pm 17 Nov 10

Prettymuch.

Sure, the Japanese just call Sea Shepherd pirates.
Sure, the Canadian Security Intelligence Service considers Sea Shepherd the very definition of a single-issue terrorist group (under the Environmentalists heading).
Sure, the FBI says they’re eco-terrorists when providing testimony to Congress (Paragraph 6).
But so long as he isn’t officially convicted of a felony, we keep granting him access so long as he meets the conditions of business entry visas.
If that changes, Australia will probably officially disavow him and refuse access, but he’ll keep on doing some unofficial EEZ\Whaling Treaty enforcement if New Zealannd start granting him visas.

Out of curiosity, will Shane Rattenbury be going, or does he hold the Greenpeace grudge?

chewy14 chewy14 12:26 pm 17 Nov 10

So what you’re saying Skid is that:
we’ve made a claim on land which only a few countries agree with;
that we can’t enforce an EEZ in this area because it possibly breaches treaties we are a party to and;
it would cause us trouble if we tried.

Go Aussies.

You know, when I was a kid I made a fort on some bushland which I called Chewzbekistan. Even though nobody would agree that I owned the land it was on, it didn’t matter because I “knew” it was mine.

Thumper Thumper 11:08 am 17 Nov 10

I have no sympathy for Greenpeace but simply, there is no justification for killing whales.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 10:36 am 17 Nov 10

chewy14 said :

…since when is the Antarctic our back yard?

Since we claimed the Australian Antarctic Territory from the British though the Australian Antarctic Territory Acceptance Act back in 1933?
For an idea of the scope of our claim: http://www.ga.gov.au/image_cache/GA17424.gif
Legally, AAT shares the laws of the ACT and Jervis Bay, and we proclaimed EEZ around it as a foundation for future resource sovereignty claims should the Antarctic Treaty System ever be repealed.

chewy14 said :

What’s Politics got to do with it?

Everything.
Most ‘international law’ is derived from whatever was customary before the laws were written.
(IE: They simply reinforce the status quo until someone can get away with being ‘progressive’, and then the laws are reformed)

In any case, even though some countries recognise our sovereignty of AAT, claiming a later EEZ it is still a a potential violation of Article IV of the Antarctic Treaty System, so for the most part the EEZ around the AAT isn’t actually enforced as it would draw a lot of scrutiny.
Contrast that with how being noticed caught fishing in the Heard\MacDonald Island EEZ means that we’ll dodge icebergs to hunt you, and spend $5mil chasing you half way around the world, just for half a fridge full of fairly tasteless fish, all so we maintain the soverignty claim.
(Either you use your sovereignty claim when its threatened, or you risk losing it)

So for the most part, we ignore Japan’s violations of international agreements as long as they ignore Australia’s and the commerce keeps flowing.

housebound housebound 10:09 am 17 Nov 10

#13 said: “1. Australia is pretty hypocritical here, seeing that until the 1970s we had a huge whaling industry that was, at least partly, responsible for putting whales in the position of being endangered in the first place”

Some papers turned up a couple of years ago that showed the crash in stocks in the South Ocean was almost entirely attributable to illegal fishing (by the Japanese and Russia, I think). Until then, Australians thought legal fishing (Australia + legal Japanese etc) was to blame – being illegal, the effort was unmonitored, unrecorded and unknown. It was a major discovery in fisheries management. While not letting Australia off the hook, it did explain the previously inexplicable. You’ll just have to take my word for it because there’s no way I could provide the papers now (and I can’t even remember the exact species).

With that in mind, it would not surprise me in the least to see that some of the decline in whale populations could have been driven by hunting efforts we didn’t even know about.

Erg0 Erg0 10:01 am 17 Nov 10

ConanOfCooma said :

You could ask my Grandmother about the Japanese stance on doing things humanely, she spent a fair bit of time with them in Indonesia during WWII.

Way to refute the suggestion of racism. Thank goodness the Germans aren’t into whaling, their behaviour in WWII was even worse!

ainsliebraddon ainsliebraddon 9:47 am 17 Nov 10

Check out the Sea Shepherd South Park episode. Season 13, Episode 11. “Whale Whores”.

http://www.southparkstudios.com/guide/episodes/s13e11-whale-whores

Very funny!

ConanOfCooma ConanOfCooma 9:11 am 17 Nov 10

dtc said :

Why are whales special? Why is harpooning whales worse that killing 1000s of chickens or cows or pigs or all those other animals?

Unless you are vegetarian, then your only complaint about killing an animal can be because its either a rare animal (so should not be killed) or is not being killed humanely (can be killed but in a different way).

You might complain about people killing ‘our’ animals (ie in our territory), but thats a different issue to whether the animal itself should be killed.

Otherwise you end up deciding one animal is ‘better’ than another based on no particularly good reason (certainly not intelligence, since we eat intelligent animals as well as not so smart ones).

We don’t launch explosive harpoons in to the animals we kill for food. We have laws and regulations pertaining to killing animals humanely. You could ask my Grandmother about the Japanese stance on doing things humanely, she spent a fair bit of time with them in Indonesia during WWII.

If you want more of an insight into how the Japanese deal with the mammals of our oceans, watch the delightful documentary “The Cove”. A real eye opener.

On the other hand, I won’t take these organisations seriously until they start arming themselves and really take the fight down South. Until then they are just a bunch of incense-waving rainbow-rats that only do one thing: complain (and not very loudly).

Jethro Jethro 7:08 am 17 Nov 10

While I think whaling is an abhorrent practice, I also think that:
1. Australia is pretty hypocritical here, seeing that until the 1970s we had a huge whaling industry that was, at least partly, responsible for putting whales in the position of being endangered in the first place
2. Illegal tactics are illegal tactics, no matter how good your cause. A Palestinian suicide bomber who deliberately targets and kills civilians is still a terrorist, whether or not you think that Israel is a murderous state. The Sea Shepherd falls foul of, at the least, the international laws of piracy
3. Constantly berating and lecturing Japan about what is right and wrong is probably only going to make them dig their heels in deeper (in a similar way to how so many of us resisted the message of the anti-wood fire heating brigade.
4. There is most probably an element of racism in play here. Norway kills a similar number of whales as Japan, but gets nowhere near the same amount of negative press. Granted, they are not whaling close to our waters; however, there is simply not the same level of international outcry as there is to Japan’s whaling.

charles darwin charles darwin 12:22 am 17 Nov 10

Why does watson keep doing this ? MONEY !! publicity and money. The Australian government should stop the old man from having his boats in our ports ..he just does as he likes. Bob Brown .. please read up on this dodgy organisation and dont support it , all is not as you think or as it seems.

Pandy Pandy 12:19 am 17 Nov 10

Whale meat tastes terrible. Ask Japanese school children. Please do not hurt the whales.

Much prefer baby fur seal.

gospeedygo gospeedygo 11:30 pm 16 Nov 10

NUKE THE WHALES!

bigfeet bigfeet 9:41 pm 16 Nov 10

rbw said :

such as Australia aren’t taking sterner action to defend our sovereign waters from this poaching.

The vast majority of the world does not recognise Australia’s claim to to these waters being part of our Exclusive Economic Zone. In fact many nations think that it is at best laughable..and at worst illegal.

rbw said :

The Japanese only continue to hunt and kill endangered dolphins and whales because its ‘traditional’ to do so, and the massacres of pods of dolphins as seen in ‘The Cove’ documentary proves that its only a handful of Japanese still hanging onto this meaningless tradition.

The Japanese are taking Minke Whales and Humpback Whales. Both are listed by the International Union for Conservation of Nature, which is the recognised body for listing endangered species as coming in the category of “Least Concern”. This category contains such endangered animals as; the house mouse, common rat, Eastern Grey Kangaroo, common pigeons and Humans. Hardly an auspicious list.

Yes, last year they took some Right Whales, a species which is endangered and that should be protested and halted.

But the other animals are a quite sustainable harvest which poses no threat to the species.

If you want to argue the “emotion” of whaling that is a different issue…but do not pretend it is about conservation or territorial integrity…

Both arguements do not stand up to scrutiny.

vg vg 7:48 pm 16 Nov 10

Paul Watson is a cowboy, a crook and a liar

dtc dtc 6:33 pm 16 Nov 10

Why are whales special? Why is harpooning whales worse that killing 1000s of chickens or cows or pigs or all those other animals?

Unless you are vegetarian, then your only complaint about killing an animal can be because its either a rare animal (so should not be killed) or is not being killed humanely (can be killed but in a different way).

You might complain about people killing ‘our’ animals (ie in our territory), but thats a different issue to whether the animal itself should be killed.

Otherwise you end up deciding one animal is ‘better’ than another based on no particularly good reason (certainly not intelligence, since we eat intelligent animals as well as not so smart ones).

chewy14 chewy14 6:19 pm 16 Nov 10

Skidbladnir said :

chewy14 said :

I thought Australia was engaged in a “War on Terrorism” and here we are throwing fundraisers for them.

When your parents were kids, we were spending almost half of the national GDP on killing Japanese people, but now people defend their relatively recent and extraterritorial killing of whales in our backyard since they’re one of our strongest trading partners.
Politics is a funny thing.

What’s Politics got to do with it?
And since when is the Antarctic our back yard?
Skid,
you’re always up on this legal stuff. Why don’t we try and enforce our claim on these waters if whale hunting is such an important issue to Australians?

rbw rbw 5:52 pm 16 Nov 10

The only people killing are the Japanese. The Sea Shepherds have never killed any Japanese Whalers. Some tactics are controversial, but they are only used because other organisations such as Greenpeace sit back and take photos of the killing and not try to stop it, and nations such as Australia aren’t taking sterner action to defend our sovereign waters from this poaching. The Japanese only continue to hunt and kill endangered dolphins and whales because its ‘traditional’ to do so, and the massacres of pods of dolphins as seen in ‘The Cove’ documentary proves that its only a handful of Japanese still hanging onto this meaningless tradition.

Thankfully more Japanese are waking up to the fact that its pointless to continue the slaughters and its due to the efforts of organisations like Sea Shepherd that these issues aren’t just glossed over and lost because of the ‘out of sight, out of mind’ viewpoint of most people.

I tell you what that if the Japanese were coming into Sydney Harbour, harpooning whales and dolphins and turning the harbour red, that there might just be a little more of an uproar about it. But because it happens out of sight to the masses, this is why the Sea Shepherds are the only real hope at this point.

Skidbladnir Skidbladnir 5:15 pm 16 Nov 10

chewy14 said :

I thought Australia was engaged in a “War on Terrorism” and here we are throwing fundraisers for them.

When your parents were kids, we were spending almost half of the national GDP on killing Japanese people, but now people defend their relatively recent and extraterritorial killing of whales in our backyard since they’re one of our strongest trading partners.
Politics is a funny thing.

colourful sydney racing identity colourful sydney racing identity 4:44 pm 16 Nov 10

chewy14 said :

I thought Australia was engaged in a “War on Terrorism” and here we are throwing fundraisers for them.

Japanese government got to you did they?

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