August 18th, 2011 by J.H. Soeder
Today I read an article about a recently approved hunt of a Bowhead whale in Alaska.
The whale was hunted and killed, using a license issued through the Canadian Government.
The meat of the bowhead being cut up by an Inuit. Wait just a minute...is that a "Yamaha jacket" she's wearing? What about the "igloo cooler" in the background, and the Coleman stove? Wow! Tradition at it's height...PHOTO COURTESY APTN
Bowheads have not been hunted in one hundred years. The Inuits state that it is their right and part of their cultural heritage to do so. Some of the reasoning explained by members of the Inuit nation is that one whale can feed many people; the cost of normal meat or poultry is far more expensive. Besides, the Bowhead population is now at a sustainable level where at least eighteen Bowhead can be killed yearly. Read the rest of this entry »
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August 10th, 2011 by J.H. Soeder
In a recent article this week on ecorazzi, Pierce Brosnan took on center stage for whaling concerns:
Pierce Brosnan, photo courtesy Ecorazz1
Pierce Brosnan seems to be getting into his latest role, animal and environmental advocate. He is calling for an end to Iceland’s whale hunt.
The actor has teamed up with the National Resources Defense Council and is leading their campaign to stop Icelandic whaling. In a recent post on OnEarth, Brosnan said “Last December, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and other groups filed a petition to stop Iceland’s rogue whaling. In response, the U.S. Commerce Secretary recently declared that Iceland is defying the international ban on commercial whaling. That declaration started the clock ticking on a 60-day period during which President Obama must decide whether or not to impose trade sanctions on Iceland.”
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August 6th, 2011 by J.H. Soeder
Is it the Polar Bear's fault for the death of a young man or the fault of the program that sent him there?
This past week mourns the loss of a student in Norway who lost, what the press and a few people think was a brutal and violent murder.
Many readers and those close to the incident have mixed emotions about it, simply because of the press the media has given it. Read the rest of this entry »
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August 2nd, 2011 by J.H. Soeder
In a recent article in the Huffington Post, the Faroe Vikings are at it again.
Captain Paul Watson and a few f his crew of the Sea Shepherd. Photo courtesy Fotopedia
” Paul Watson, captain and marine activist arrived in the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s vessel, The Brigitte Bardot, to Torshvan harbor earlier in the week, creating a media frenzy in the small Nordic village bound by the cruel custom of killing in the name of culture. Local villagers showed up to oppose Sea Shepherd’s presence by offering local whale meat to the little girl and bystanders. However, the youngster refused stating, “No thank you. I don’t eat my friends.”
“Later in the week, members of the Sea Shepherd crew unveiled a mass underwater dumping ground of whale carcasses, further pointing to the large amount of waste that surrounds the sporadic hunting episodes of the socially complex marine mammals, which are listed as “strictly protected” under the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, also known as The Berne Convention. Read the rest of this entry »
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