Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Activists attack Japanese whalers with rotten butter

Poor Nisshin Maru. As the largest ship in the Japanese whaling fleet, it gets a lot of flak from people like Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd. It's been rammed by Greenpeace boats twice (or rammed them, depending on who you talk to), denounced as a vessel for "cetacean serial killers," and it even caught on fire last year. Dozens of people have made it their life's work to follow the boat to the ends of the earth, stopping them from harpooning whales and bringing to mind the phrase "I don't come down to where you work and slap the dick out of your mouth."

Environmental activists do not like the Nisshin Maru.

Ever concerned about upping their street cred (ocean cred?), Sea Shepherd has done some ridiculous shit lately. About a month and a half ago, two of them actually boarded a whaling vessel and refused to leave until the crew had to tie them up. Now they've decided that the best way to preserve marine biodiversity is throw rotting butter at the poor little Nisshin Maru.

Japan whalers in 'butter attack'

Yeah, that's the title. A few choice quotes:

The acid thrown at the whaling ship stings if it gets in people's eyes.

Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, although a vocal opponent of Japan's whale hunt, strongly criticised the Sea Shepherd's butter attack.
Oh okay whoa, check out this map of the International Whaling Commission's member states. Now that I know we have such landlocked powerhouses as Laos and Mongolia on our side, I'm sure we can stop this barbaric practice once and for all.

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