Commentary by Captain Paul Watson
One thousand whales will die because of a vote amongst a group of arrogant humans today in Florianopolis, Brazil
The vote was on so called indigenous whaling. In other words a slaughter quota for the Inuit, the Yupik, possibly the Makah, some Greenlanders and a few bogus aboriginal groups in the Caribbean.
Well the Aboriginal people of the Caribbean were the Caribs and they were wiped out by the Spanish colonizers. Thus, the people wanting to kill Humpbacks and pilot whales in Bequi, St. Vincent and the Grenadines and St. Lucia have no indigenous “rights” to slaughter whales at all.
Not that anyone has a right to murder a highly intelligent, self-aware, socially complex sentient being like a whale.
The position of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is that no one should have the “right” to kill whales anywhere for any reason.
Killing whales is plain and simply – murder!
The Japanese, Icelanders, Norwegians and Danes and Faroese are mass murderers and the killing of whales by indigenous cultures is also an act of murder.
I make no apologies for this position. We have been called racist for opposing the murder of whales but we are not motivated by racism. We don’t care what the color or the culture is of the hand that fires the harpoon. There is no justification for the mass murder of whales.
Racism is allowing one group to have special rights to commit murder based on culture and race.
We oppose whaling by the Japanese but also by the white Europeans of Iceland, Denmark and Norway.
Our passion and our loyalty is to the nation of whales and we will not betray them for any cultural justification.
I would like to salute the 7 nations that had the courage to vote against indigenous whaling.
58 nations voted to slaughter whales in a proposal led by the United States.
Brazil, Chile, Gabon, Mexico and Peru abstained.
Australia has little respect for Aboriginals but voted to allow the Inuit on a distant continent to kill whales.
Japan has denied the indigenous Ainu people the right to whale and hunt but they have no problem backing indigenous peoples in the USA, Canada and Greenland to kill whales.
Perhaps the United States believes they can absolve the guilt of genocide by allowing the slaughter of whales so that the whales must die for their colonial sins.
It all reeks of self-serving hypocrisy.
Denmark will now try to convince the world that the slaughter in the Faroes is indigenous.
Will the Makah once again try to kill whales just to prove then have the right to do so? They have no subsistence necessity and nothing in their culture justifies killing a whale with a .50 caliber recoilless rifle.
How many more Humpbacks must die in Greenland to provide fad foodie meals for bored tourists?
How many 100 to 200 year-old Bowheads must die in the Arctic by people using explosive harpoons, motor boats, and sonar?
Sea Shepherd’s position on Aboriginal whaling may be controversial but it is consistent. We have always opposed the murder of whales and we always will, by anyone, for any reason, anywhere.