Tuesday, December 2, 2008
4. I love Whale Wars.
Corey and I have just started watching this show on Animal Planet called Whale Wars. What we learned is that despite a moratorium on all commercial whaling enacted in 1986, the Japanese continue to hunt whales. The law says you can kill a whale for science, but you can't let any part of it go to waste either. They take tissue samples or weigh their stomachs (in the name of science, of course) and then are left with a giant carcass worth anywhere between $250,000-$1,000,000. Then people can eat it.
After learning this and watching them hunt whales, I got really pissed. The Japanese Rednecks give real scientists, like my fabulous sister-in-law, a bad name. And they are killing mammals with brains bigger than Volkswagens.
That is where the Sea Shepherds come in. They get on their ship, Steve Irwin, and fuck with the Japanese trying to kill, I mean research, whales. They throw Butyric acid on their ships, ram them, and cause general mayhem in a non-violentish way. They are eco-pirates. In our latest fantasy, Corey and I sell the house and go save whales with them.
You should watch Whale Wars too. Let's save the whales! Again!
P.S. Iceland and Norway do the same thing, but the show isn't about foiling them. But don't think you're off the hook, Iceland and Norway!
P.P.S. The Hope painting is by James Jean & Kenichi Hoshine.