Whaling Moratorium Stands, But Where’s John Wayne When We Need Him?

The IWC meeting in Agadir has ended in a bittersweet success.  The proposed end to the moratorium on killing whales was defeated.  But only for this year.   That several small nations were disqualified from the vote for various reasons (ranging from unpaid dues to being bought off by Japan for the price of a hooker,) had a lot to do with our success in preserving the whaling ban.  But the battle isn’t even close to over.

Truth is, lifting the ban was intended to eventually put an end to all whaling — supposedly within a decade.  But the best of intentions would not have held water.  Japan will not stop when the agreement says to.  They would just have dropped out of the IWC when the rules no longer suited them.  In many ways, they’ve been doing precisely as they please all along, disregarding the intent of the Moratorium, sidestepping it with that thinly veiled Research guise.   Next year, they can come back with their ducks in a row, and the IWC vote may go differently, giving them a license to kill a thousand minke whales a year, for so long as they remain in the IWC.  This would put Paul Watson and the rest of the Sea Shepherd crew at a major disadvantage, because then they couldn’t claim to be enforcing the valid intent of the IWC agreement.  If the lift of the moratorium passes, then Sea Shepherd becomes a “terrorist” organization.  No matter how ridiculous the killing itself may be, Watson and company would be at rist of being arrested for interfering with a lawful hunt.

The truth is that dolphins have been the friend of Man for thousands of years.  For millenia, it has been a recorded, documented fact that dolphins have taken it upon themselves to save humans.  Validated, recent, first-hand accounts have wild dolphins t-boning a shark who was about to take a chomp out of a surfer, and then the entire pod gathering around that surfer and protecting him as he made his way back to shore.  Is slaughtering or abducting and enslaving them the way we ought to be repaying their friendship?

Japan will be back next year, and the year after that.  They will be sure their votes are all valid, including those bought for the price of a hooker.  This battle is not over, not even a little bit… and there are lives in the balance.

The dolphins are our friends, our allies in the oceans.  A relative handful of selfish people are attacking and slaughtering them, and we’re standing aside, doing nothing.  If any other ally were to be under such attack, we’d be up in arms.  So why is Paul Watson’s Sea Shepherd alone out there protecting our friends from these barbaric attacks?  By what’s right, the nations of the world should have battleships out there defending our friends from the whalers.  We should be saying “You fire that 50 caliber harpoon into our friend’s body and we will blow your vessel to kingdom-come.”  Why aren’t we doing anything about their slaughter?

In the old movies, John Wayne would come in, guns a-blazing, to save the day.  A real man’s man, he knew when it was time to talk and when it was time to be all out of bubble gum (if you’ll pardon the mixed references.)  The time for talk is over, but Sea Shepherd can’t do it alone.  Where’s John Wayne when we need him?

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