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Let the hunters kill the whales. They are doomed anyway: From pollution.

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Let the hunters kill the whales. They are doomed anyway: From pollution.

Hunting Whales and Dolphins has been going on for centuries. Never before have these intelligent sea mammals ever been threatened with extinction. Admirable as Sea Shepard is to stop cruel hunting of whales and dolphins, they miss the point that *pollution* is killing off these sea animals more than the collective force of hunting. Though Sea Shepard has stopped the whale hunt in Japan early (for one season), the destruction of whales continues - through tons of plastic bags (marine animals ingests these bags and causes intestinal blockages) thrown in the ocean to industrial pollution. There is however another threat: NOISE. These undersea animals depend on sound to navigate just as we depend on our eyes to guide us. Undersea sonars bring the destruction of whales and dolphins - that's why you see a lot of them beached. Hunters had nothing to do with this.

The United States Supreme Court upholds the US Navy using sonars. So we in the USA kill more whales than Japan does!

Human population has more than doubled over the past 30 years-the bigger the population gets, the quicker it populates. With this population boom comes industrial pollution. Of course Sea Shepard forgets this little tidbit of information. Yeah, right-the cause of whale extinction are the hunters-when the real culprits are industrial and undersea noise pollution. So before going after the "bad Japanese," do a little research and fact finding. And yes USA kills more whales than Japan does with noise pollution. And what about CHINA. Hey they get the gold star when it comes to industrial pollution!

If you want to know the truth-Japan is taking the lead on conserving the Environment. While USA kowtows to oil barons, Japan is the leader with the production and use of HYDROGEN driven cars whose waste product is...water.

Article: HONDA makes first Hydrogen car (runs on water) 

"Japanese car manufacturer Honda has begun the first commercial production of a zero-emission, hydrogen fuel-cell powered vehicle.

The four-seater, called FCX Clarity, runs on electricity produced by combining hydrogen with oxygen, and emits water vapour." 

"The Japanese company Genepax has unveiled a car that runs exclusively on water. They even have a working prototype that was showed off in front of the press. They claim that using only one liter of water it can run with 80km/h. Their website,, is not ready yet with all the details of their technology (in fact, it’s only in a construction phase).

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Japan's Hydrogen Highway

Japan's hydrogen highway system was brought into place because of the 4-year Japan Hydrogen & Fuel Cell Project (JHFC). Twelve hydrogen fueling stations have been built in 11 cities in Japan."


Human noise pollution drowns out the calls of critically endangered whales

"Underwater, sound waves travel much further than light. As a result, hearing is more important than seeing for many marine animals. Whales, dolphins and their aquatic brethren rely on sound to communicate, find food, avoid predators and “see” the world around them (eg. sonar). The ocean is filled with the sounds of these animals, much like a springtime meadow is filled with birdsong. But underwater sound involves more than listening. Animals actually feel the sound, much like we feel the thumping of bass on a loud stereo. Marine animals use sound — hearing and feeling it — to explore their world."

So Sea Shepard may have stopped the whaling season early, but the whales will continue to die by the ton - and whalers have nothing to do with it. The WHALES ARE GOING TO CONTINUE TO DIE EVEN WITHOUT WHALING. So in my opinion this is wasted effort on Sea Shepard's part.

Keep in mind with a world population of 7 billion, industrial waste increases dramatically. TONS of grocery plastic bags fill the ocean, tin can plastic holders - all swallowed by marine life dying of intestinal blockages - and TONS of sewage, TONS of drugs. A note on DRUGS: Such prescription drugs like antidepressants are excreted in the KIDNEYS and basically unchanged - flushed into the sewers and into the ocean. These drugs - TONS of it - are toxic to marine life. I don't even have to mention OFFSHORE DRILLING, and even the Gulf Oil spill has spewed out over 100 million gallons of pure crude, and another tons of DISPERSANT which has the same chemical composition of antifreeze which will kill the kidneys. In fact oil rig spills are VERY ROUTINE, especially after storms.

I say let the hunters kill the whales. They are doomed anyway. Our industrial pollution - silent, but effective killers. So why not let the Japanese kill the whales? They will die anyway. 

"Noise pollution disorientates or physically damages whales leading to collisions, strandings and beachings." 

Whales lose out in Supreme Court sonar ruling

Thursday, 13 November 2008

Agence France-Presse

"WASHINGTON DC: The U.S. Supreme Court Wednesday ruled the Navy can continue to use long-range sonar in exercises off the California coast, dismissing arguments that the practice was harmful to whales.

"Even if the plaintiffs have shown irreparable injury from the navy's training exercises, any such injury is outweighed by the public interest and the navy's interest in effective, realistic training of its sailors," the court said in a statement written by Chief Justice John Roberts." 

A new study shows global warming and pollution will have a greater impact on whale populations than hunting.

Researchers at the University of Tasmania are looking at the global whaling debate, the role of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and Australia's policy position.

Researcher Mike Iliffe says commercial whaling issues are dominating the IWC at the expense of the real threats to the mammals.

"We really have to tackle global warming and pollution to a lesser extent," he said.

"Pollution may be killing 10 to 20 times as many whales as the Japanese, the Icelandics, the Norwegians and the aboriginal whalers together are killing right now."

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