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Old 20 September 2011, 15:54   #1
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I went to the boat show and had a ride on a Ribcraft as we made our way out to the practice area. I then spotted the Steve Irwin ship tied along the quayside. As you probably know this is owned by the Sea Shephard.org who are the Enviromental Whale Activists from Australia.

Does anyone know what it is doing in Southampton?

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It was in London last week as well. You can just about make it out tide alongside HMS Belfast.

Probably drumming up some funding I suspect!!

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Recent new member on here might know http://www.rib.net/forum/members/sea...lta-11729.html if you are really interested...
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think they were chugging about in the Faeroes to stop the grind slaughter of
pilot whales. When they left - it happened anyway
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Mustrib Why do they do it. Killing them for no real need now. . :-(
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Like Japan...they do it from tradition.
Tradition that in the Faroes case, has become integrated
in the islands legal structure.
You can see why they resist foreigners interference in something that has been
going on since Norse Times.
They don't just take Pilot whales, Bottlenose and Atlantic White sided dolphins as well as porpoises are taken.
Originally they were taken for blubber and meat which was shared communally.
But since 2008 the islands medical council declared that the Pilot whale meat
was unfit for human consumption due to high levels of PCB's and Mercury.
Yet the grind still went ahead in 2009 , 2010 and 2011. Up to 3 times a year.
Sea Shepherd has put this back on the public platform this year.
I don't know if there are any Faroes forum members, maybe they would like to comment.
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Is the tradition of drowning witches or rape and pillage still carried out up there, I wonder ? Folk using that tradition excuse need to grow up.
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Have you seen episodes of Whale Wars?

They portray themselves as nothing more than misguided nut eating pirates.
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yes.. TV makes it what it is.
no drama, no ratings.
if they got everything right all the time,
nobody would watch it.
if they exercised the same clinical finishing as the DGSE
in Auckland...then they could not hold the moral high ground.
defeating the Japanese whaling fleet on the high seas
without the Australian or Chilean navy intervening,
using only paint, butric acid and some rope
has served its purpose.
we are talking about them here, people know what they
stand for and what wrongs are being committed
in the name of research.
Sea Shepherd wont stop whaling, they know that,
international pressure will. I dont think they are misguided at all.
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