Oh my, how self righteous we Australians are these days. It seems the good economic times have given us the confidence to take the high moral ground on a range of issues while covering one eye so that we do not look in our own backyards. Nothing could illustrate this point better than Australia’s antics in regards to whaling.
You see it seems not acceptable for the Japanese to hunt whales even though our own Australian of the Year, Dr.Tim Flannery (a respected scientist) says what they are doing is sustainable. This is because the “greenies” only like to listen to Dr. Tim when he is against nuclear power.
I wonder how many Australians have ever seen Kangaroos being culled? I have and it is not a pretty picture. One shot does not always result in a kill and wounded animals can stagger (hop) off and die a slow death, maybe over days. One also wonders how many kangaroos with joey’s (babies) are shot and as a result the the joey also dies.
The Japanese are accused of stockpiling whale meat whereas our national symbol mostly ends up as dog meat. In Australia we also poison and trap animals, not to mention how many die during the clearing of bushland.
But then comes the argument…whales are highly intelligent. (they must have sat for an IQ test at some stage) Well so are pigs, very intelligent in fact, but that does not save them. It seems if you are a domesticated and intelligent animal, bad luck..you have to a smart animal that lives in the wild to warrant any attention.
Then we get to the Japanese are hunting whales in Australian waters argument. Well the area they are hunting the whales in is actually international waters, it is just Australia has made some claim to them for whatever reason and most of the world does not recognise Australia’s claim.
Scene of Japanese Whaling in the 17th Century. Kochi Castle.
So what does the Australian government do? You know the one that has just signed the Kyoto agreement in an effort to stop global warming? It sends out a ship and a plane to take pictures of the whaling vessels who are already being harassed by two protest vessels. Nice touch, let’s burn those fossil fuels.
Just to make sure Australia finishes this class act we release a couple of idiots that illegally boarded a Japanese vessel (it is called piracy) after the Japanese hand them to the Australian government vessel. (a Customs ship that seems to have nothing better to do, it appears our borders are secure after all!)
Therefore Kevin “Teflon Man” Rudd should have no problem with people climbing over the walls of his official residence in Canberra as an act of protest as it seems trespass is a form of protest our government appears to support.
The protesters that boarded the Japanese vessel claim they were there just to present a letter. Previous to that, they or their friends, attempted to foul the ship’s propellers and threw acid at the Japanese vessels. Anyone who has some salt on their shoulders will tell you how dangerous it is for a ship to be at sea without the ability to navigate under power.
Would Australians be happy for Australian vessels to be attacked in this way because people opposed our role in Iraq for example? As for the acid, anyone that throws acid, no matter what type it is, does not deserve our respect or support.
With so many other problems facing Australia and the world, I hope people can focus on the truly important issues and stop taking the moral (and ignorant) high ground regarding something that is none of our business.
And for the record, I have eaten whale meat and it is not too bad. Mind you in Darwin for example you can eat kangaroo and crocodile at tourist spots if that is your fancy..though I have not seen any protest vessels in those places.
Update Jan 2010 – Well it seems like the lunatics from the Sea Shepard Organization have outdone themselves this time. They spent around $2 million on a “stealth” vessel which put itself in front of a whaling ship and as a result was hit & sunk.