July 2010

Endangered Porpoise Discovered

When humans discover a “new” species—which, of course, does not necessarily mean it’s “new,” just that it is new to us—it’s always incredibly exciting. We think we know so much, don’t we? But when it comes down to it, we know less about our own planet that we could ever possibly even dare to learn. That’s not a bad thing, I think; the mystery, the excitement, keep it such an amazing planet to live on, and we’ll always be wondering about “what’s out there.”

Save the Whales, Boycott Japan

Japan keeps slaughtering whales. The Japanese slaughter about one thousand whales a year — primarily minke whales — as part of a government-sponsored and financed program that the Japanese government claims is for so-called scientific purposes. People concerned about this slaughter rightly call it for what it is -- commercial whaling, which has been banned worldwide since 1986. Japan is thumbing her nose at the world.

Today, Wednesday, Peter Bethune, an antiwhaling activist from New Zealand, a member of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, was convicted by a Japanese court of trespassing, vandalism, assault and obstructing Japan’s whaling fleet in the Antarctic. His sentence was suspended, and is expected to be booted out of the country

Various groups confront the Japanese whaling fleet to interfere with the whale hunts. These confrontations have led to some violence.