Whale Wars and the Japanese Military
Sea Shepard works to save whales. The Japanese have passed a law defining them as terrorists. What do you think?
We have seen the television show Whale Wars a few times. Like anybody in their right mind, the slaughter of these incredible sea mammals is hard to see. The people fighting the Japanese (Cultural!) harvesting of what they consider an ocean resource are giving up their television show. The Japanese are fighting back.
Like the killing of dolphins in an annual ritual that leaves the bays in Taiji red to the harvesting of full size whales for the Japanese diet, most westerners are horrifed. But without changing ancient cultures, the whales and the dolphins will continue to be eaten. To many of us these creatures are each individuals - family members you might say.
"What we discovered is that Japan is now employing military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite and if they know where our ships are at any given moment, they can easily avoid us," Watson wrote.
"During Operation Nemesis, the Sea Shepherd ships did get close and our helicopter even managed to get evidence of their illegal whaling operations but we could not physically close the gap. We cannot compete with their military grade technology."
Furthermore, Japan passed new anti-terrorism laws, some aimed specifically at Sea Shepherd tactics.