And so the Japanese whalers end another year of corruption and dishonorable farce:
Sea Shepherd’s Win Is Japan’s Loss: Whalers Have Worst Season Ever
Japan blames worst whaling season in history on 'sabotage' by anti-whaling groups as Sea Shepherd celebrates.
... The Japanese government blamed the meager harvest on “unforgivable sabotage” by the anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an accusation that Sea Shepherd claims as a badge of honor.
It was a short, dismal season for the whalers, who were followed and harassed by four Sea Shepherd vessels across the waters off southwest Australia. They returned to Japan with their lowest Antarctic catch ever: just 103 minke whales, far short of their stated goal of 935. The whalers had also set out to kill 50 humpbacks and 50 fin whales, but took none. ...
... The actions of Sea Shepherd are controversial, to be sure, and have been condemned not only by Japan, but also the government of Australia and a Federal Court in the United States. One might love them, or hate them, but the indisputable fact is that far fewer whales died this season because of their clashes with the whalers.
Sea Shepherd Australia’s Hansen said this year's campaign would “go down as the group's most successful,” and vowed to return next season.
“'I can't think of more ecological terrorism than going into a protected whale sanctuary, hunting endangered whales, and requiring a fuel tanker to go south into ice strewn waters with all the potential environmental harm involved in that," Hansen said.
Sea Shepherd claims 'false': Japan
... The Bob Barker became wedged between the Nisshin Maru and a supply tanker as the Japanese ship tried to refuel.
The distance between them closed, and the vessels collided with a sickening crunch.
Video of the clash has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times worldwide since then, but the blame game varies considerably depending on who's telling the story.
Japan's whaling research group, the Institute of Cetacean Research, accused the Sea Shepherd of piracy and endangering lives and risking an oil spill in its "foolhardy obstruction attempts".
But the Sea Shepherd stands by its claims that the Bob Barker was rammed, and that crew on the Nisshin Maru lobbed stun grenades at the stricken anti-whaling ship. ...
Japan Confirms Sea Shepherd Success in the Southern Ocean
The Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research, the front organisation for Japanese illegal whaling activities has released their kill records for 2012/2013.
They wanted 50 Humpbacks. They took none.
They wanted 50 Fin whales. They took none.
They wanted 935 Minke whales. They killed 103.
832 Minke whales not slain! 50 Humpbacks and 50 Fins not slaughtered!
During the 2010-2011 Operation No Compromise, the Japanese whaling fleet took 17% of their illegal self-allocated quota. During the 2011-2012 Operation Divine Wind, the Japanese whalers took 26% of their illegal self-allocated quota.
103 Minke whales and zero Fin whales and zero Humpback whales translates into 9.96% of their combined quota. The whalers took only 11% of their Minke whale quota and zero percent of their Fin and Humpback quota.
These percentages translate into a financial disaster for the Japanese whalers. ...
Whalers Return to Japan in Disgrace
There can be no doubt that Operation Zero Tolerance was a huge success.
We have only to ask Yoshimasa Hayashi the Japanese Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries. The “lowest total of whales taken since “research whaling” began in 1987 he reported.
One hundred and three Minke whales killed and absolutely no Fin or Humpback whales slaughtered. These figures included 50 males and 53 females. From the 53 females, foetus were removed from 46 of the animals. ...
... Sea Shepherd of course expects this over the top illogical propaganda from the ICR. They can call us all the names in the book and it matters not.
What does matter is that there are 932 whales swimming in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary that were not killed. ...
The Japanese whalers were particularly foolhardy and reckless this time round.
What is particularly remarkable is the apparent lack of any international condemnation or action for the Japanese flagrantly breaking all the rules of law and common sense to stupidly take a battered old decrepit heavy fuel oil tanker right into the edge of the Antarctic! UNBELIEVABLE.
This time round, Sea Shepherd Australia were very restrained and non-provocative and suffered their worst damage yet. The Japanese Captain Tomoyuki Ogawa used his monstrous Nisshin Maru as a bulldozer to push over the Sea Shepherd boats! The Japanese water cannon were deliberately used to flood the Sea Shepherd engine rooms to try to wreck the engines. The Japanese whalers very nearly sank another Sea Shepherd boat.
All thousands of miles from help and in what can be sometimes the most hostile waters on the planet.
How recklessly desperately corrupt are the Japanese whalers?...
Only on our only one planet,
All merely my opinion but how widely is that a shared opinion? Is there enough opinion to take action?
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