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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Where the Hell is Greenpeace?

So what's up with Greenpeace and this whole whaling thing? The Japanese are trying to kill whales right now, but you would hardly know it from the Greenpeace web site. Yes they have a few links to stories about it, but it hardly seems to be of much importance. This is what they are all about isn't it? Yes, I know they do other things, but don't you think they should be raising hell during whaling season. Am I missing something here?

I'll be honest, I'm more partial to Sea Shepherd's aggressive tactics. And not just because of the bad-ass t-shirt I bought. But, aside from the aggressive tactics, Sea Shepherd is trying to stop the whaling

Greenpeace raised a stink, chased them for a bit with the Esperanza and then went home while patting themselves on the back for delaying them for two whole weeks. Pah! What kind of crap is that? Use whatever tactics you want, but at least have some fire in the belly. A two week reprieve is all they're willing to give the whales? That hardly seems like much of a return on investment for anyone donating to save the whales. Paul Watson may be controversial, but at least you know if you give him money it will go to where the rubber hits the road so to speak.

Again, I don't ask that they adopt Sea Shepherd's tactics. But I do think they owe it to the whales to do more then delay a death sentence.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi mrbarky,

I think you may have misunderstood the Greenpeace anti-whaling campign or may not be aware of the holistic approach it is attempting to take. I think Greenpeace has recognised that it isn't enough for groups like itself and Sea Shepherd to send expeditions to the Southern Ocean year after year to harass whalers. This only provides a temporary fix.

Pressure needs ot be put on the Japanese government from both the international community and from within Japan itself so that whaling becomes untenable.

From what I've seen and heard, the focus of Greenpeace's campaign is shifting to effecting change from within Japan. It's trying to raise awareness of the economically inviable, tax subsidised, and unsustainable whaling industry that damages Japan's international reputation. I think this is an extremely important goal, because this approach will provide a long-term fix. This is what we owe the whales.

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