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How Is This Not Piracy?

This story keeps popping up in the news, and the longer this goes unconfronted, the more I worry about the growth of similar tactics against hunters.

Regardless of how one feels about whaling, the Japanese are conducting a legal activity sanctioned by international law. At one time these "activists" would just buzz around ships to annoy and harrass them. Now they're painting their vessels black, colliding with whalers, hitting them with water cannons, etc. They have celebrity sponsors and are becoming increasingly aggressive. At what point will their sliding scale of morality lead them to believe they're justified to disable whaling vessels by trying to tangle their propellers or damage rudders? Is it a stretch to envision them deciding that their cause justifies sinking whalers? These are Antarctic waters where survival in the water would be measured in minutes. It's only a matter of time before they get somebody killed.

But what really concerns me is what this says about the people supporting them. Animal rightists like Bob Barker are increasingly willing to come out in the open and condone acts of violence or terrorism to pursue their agendas. As the country seems to swing back toward conservatism, I have to wonder what they'll resort to out of frustration.

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Re: How Is This Not Piracy?

It's called "Industrial Sabotage". It's a form of terrorism. It should not be encouraged nor tolerated. The problem is that anytime some big name celebrity is the front face or spokesperson supporting this type of illegal activity the whole fact that the activity is illegal seems to get overlooked by the masses. Legal or not, right or wrong, put a famous face on it and nobody seems to care about the ethics of what's being promoted or supported.

I was shocked to see Yvonne Chaunard (founder of Patagonia) being among a few people honored by Outdoor Life magazine for contributions to fishing and hunting. True, he's an avid fisherman, but I was surprised to hear that he admitted to being a hunter as well. Yet in almost every one of Patagonia's product catalogs through the 1990's there were articles written about saving the polar bears from hunting and anti-brown bear hunting undertones. The company cataloges also always had pictures of their customers holding up in tree tops to avoid logging of a certain area, an obvious indirect support for that type of activity and behavior. Knowing that about the company I am truely shocked that places like Cabelas sells some Patagonia products.

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Re: How Is This Not Piracy?

Oh someones probably going to eventually get killed or injured but somehow I doubt its going to be the Japaneses. Did you see the footage of the Ady Gil from about a month ago?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4UCy9Do71I

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Re: How Is This Not Piracy?

That was pretty good footage. I guess they put themselves in harms way, it's their own damn fault. I love reading all the ignorant comments that people leave on you tube though.

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