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Anyone ever see this ]show? I caught it the first season while visiting my in-laws who have cable. It was a marathon and we sat in front of the tube for quite some time! It's an addicting show. They make Green Peace look like a bunch of slackers...

The Sea Shepard is a ship that goes and literally torments Japanese whaling vessels. While it is illegal to commercially harvest whales, you can harvest them for scientific [sign in to see URL] then eat the remains. So Japan has been maxing out the number they can catch every year and claiming research - and the Sea Shepard does everything possible to stop them.

Well - looks like they finally won a major battle. In the past, they may have put one or two whaling ships of out commission for a short period of time, but ]Japan has ended their whaling season a whole month early this year!

It's some pretty harsh stuff. I'm not sure I condone all of the Sea Shepard techniques, but they are getting results when decades of other attempts have failed.

But if I ever want to steel my nerves against what people like those on the Sea Shepard do, I just need to re-watch The Cove about the Taiji dolphin slaughter. THIS MOVIE IS NOT FOR THE FAINT OF HEART. Nauseating. And there wasn't much "gore" just to gross you out. It was terribly emotional.

Does anyone else follow oceanic hunting? I was never really interested save the occasional "save the whales" slogan tossed here and there until I saw the Whale Wars show. Now I am an adamant supporter of stopping the activity. Unfortunately, that means not supporting those water parks that have dolphins (Sea World, etc) and I had looked forward to taking Willa to [sign in to see URL] things will change by the time she is older!
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I don't usually watch things like that. I can hardly handle watching things like National Geographic's Animal Kingdom and watch one animal kill another as a natural order of [sign in to see URL] I know I'd not be able to watch something like that.

As for places like Sea World, etc, one thing to keep in mind is many of the animals in these places have never been in the wild. They are the offspring of either captured animals, or animals who were injured and would have ended up dead if they had been re-released into the wild. I don't think it would be against anything to visit these [sign in to see URL] anything, the money you would spend to get in, would, in fact, help to ensure the animals get the care, food and love that they need. Some food for thought.. :-)

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Saijen SilverWolf1 wrote:
As for places like Sea World, etc, one thing to keep in mind is many of the animals in these places have never been in the wild. They are the offspring of either captured animals, or animals who were injured and would have ended up dead if they had been re-released into the wild. I don't think it would be against anything to visit these [sign in to see URL] anything, the money you would spend to get in, would, in fact, help to ensure the animals get the care, food and love that they need. Some food for thought.. :-)



This is exactly what I used to think before watching the documentary. I think it might still be true for the larger guys like killer whales, but it's not true for dolphins. The Taiji dolphin round-up occurs to sell animals to big water shows. They sell these for tens of thousands of dollars. But all the rest of the animals are sold for a few hundred for meat. The area is completely "over fished" and the way the slaughter occurs is atrocious (I won't go into detail - trust me, you don't want to know - makes our worst slaughter house horror stories sound like childrens stories). If the big sea parks weren't buying dolphins from Taiji, they couldn't make a living rounding up the dolphins just for meat. It would literally end the practice over night. Or at least that's what the documentary claims.

It was all news to me. And looking up some more info on the hunt to make sure I had the facts straight, it looks like exposure of the documentary is taking effect. The first hunt of 2010, they captured the dolphins, sold to aquariums, and just released the rest. So hopefully the practice is ending!
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I'm sorry to hear that it's not as I was led to believe!
I've seen how some of those poachers kill the animals. It's horrible.

Hopefully the documentary did push things to a halt, if not, at least slows it down considerably

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When I was a Senior in High School, I actually sent in my application to "Green Peace".. emoticon Much to my parents dismay, and they forbid me to do [sign in to see URL] for them, Green Peace never contacted me.
But [sign in to see URL] Saijen, I can barely watch those shows, as it freaking breaks my heart. And I do [sign in to see URL] me up! emoticon
I have been to many zoos including the San Diego Wild Animal park and Sea [sign in to see URL] find the work they do to "help" animals in the wild to be a good thing. But the actual zoos and such do not bring me joy to be near.
I do applaud those who have the courage and stamina to try to stop the over use of our Oceans, and I wish I had the courage to hold my emotions in check to try to [sign in to see URL] even seeing the Humane society commercials leave me sick inside..... emoticon

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I actually adopted a Humpback Whale about 10 years ago. His name was Buckshot. emoticon

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Love it! emoticon

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very cool, bec!!!! emoticon

Queeny, I'm like you. I can't watch shows like 'Animal Horders', or shows that show any animal that's been [sign in to see URL] really tears me [sign in to see URL], I don't watch things like that.

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I'm the same way. I use to watch Animal Planet a lot but not anymore. Too many shows where the animals were abused or hurt.

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Sometimes it's hard enough to hold my emotions in [sign in to see URL] don't need to go out of my way to add to that... emoticon

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