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A Human Issue

It is often said that the killing of dolphins in Taiji and whales in Antarctic waters is a matter for the Japanese to handle.  Similarly, the Danes say that the people of the Faroe Islands must decide to stop killing pilot “whales” (which are actually large dolphins).  These may seem apt excuses, and may even seem to make sense, given a perfunctory glance.  But such boundaries and distinctions are artificial, man-made, and ultimately invalid.

This is the amazing transformation performed by whaling

Whaling turns this majestic being into this corpse, and they don’t even need the meat.

The killing of dolphins and whales is not a matter of national sovereignty, any more than human rights are a state-by-state issue.  This is a HUMAN behavior; humans are doing these killings, so it is up to we humans to police ourselves, regardless of what nationality those humans may give themselves.  Wherever such slaughters may be happening, it is up to fellow humans to stop it. Read more

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Where Have All The Whalers Gone?

Seriously. As late as the 1970’s, Australia and the United States were amongst the whaling nations. After even the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which is a pro-whaling organization, called for a moratorium on killing whales, nearly all nations stopped the activity.

Picture of whaling in times past

Back when it was harder to kill a whale, we weren’t as much of a threat to them… or ourselves.

Why? What changed? We became to clever, too capable of killing. Where once it was a dangerous and courageous act to go out into the oceans in pursuit of a whale, perhaps kill one or two, men developed power boats and explosive-charged harpoons fired from 50-caliber guns… and the whale populations went from millions to a few hundred thousand in half a century.

Her Deepness, Dr. Sylvia Earle, describes the scenario in her book, “The World Is Blue (How our fate and the oceans’ are one).”  After millions of years of being the apex predator, the supreme beings of the sea, along comes man, figures out how to make things (fuel and gunpowder) explode, and throws off the entire natural order of things in the ocean by invading their world, by killing off beings as smart and long-lived as we are, as though they were a prey species. Read more

Oh Impotent We!

Protect The Ocean began writing about (and campaigning against) the use of Corexit within 2 days of BP’s use of it.  Corexit is the real culprit, you see, far more deadly than the oil itself, and the plot far more nefarious than most expect.  The use of Corexit was calculated, both in advance (as their unofficial Contingency Plan) and as the containment attempts and cleanups began.
Corexit had been banned in the UK for a decade already.  Accordingly British Petroleum knew good and well that  the results of using Corexit would not be good.  But it goes further than that.  The head of Nalco (which sells Corexit) used to be on the board of BP. When oil was soaking the Gulf’s shores, other less toxic agents were offered up.  BP categorically decline each and every one of them, continuing to stick with their cronie’s product.  Amongst the results was that they paid one of their own nearly $30 a gallon for 1.4 MILLION gallons (some say more like 2 million gallons, eventually,) of the lethal stuff. Read more