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Blood & Guts: Dispatches from the Whale Wars
Tuesday, 02 June 2015 15:44

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Author: Sam Vincent
Publisher: Black Inc

From Baird Maritime

Having read some appalling hagiographical writing about the “heroism” of the Sea Shepherd group and its braggart creator and commander Paul Watson, your reviewer was prepared for the worst when he opened this book.

Surprisingly and very pleasingly, though, he was hardly able to put it down. While the author did sail to Antarctic waters with Sea Shepherd and participated in some of its “battles” with the perfidious Japanese, he has managed to produce a fair-minded and fascinating account of the whale wars.

He sees them as an ongoing conflict between the proudly piratical Sea Shepherd gang and the relentlessly righteous Japanese government. By his account, neither side has much to commend it.

As Sea Shepherd adjusts is focus from Japanese whalers to Spanish backed toothfish poachers, it will be interesting to see if it gains as much public support as it did for its efforts on behalf of the far more attractive whales. Interestingly, Sea Shepherd seems to have never uttered a word in protest against Japan’s far greater crime with its poaching of southern blue fin tuna.

Ordering information:

Black Inc
Collingwood, Australia
Web: www.blackincbooks.com

 

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avatar Melanie Stewart
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Please look up Operation Blue Rage in the Mediterranean to protect endangered bluefin tuna and you'll see Sea Shepherd did more than utter a word about the bluefin. Sea Shepherd not only saved more than 800 illegally poached juvenile bluefin tuna, it won a binding Supreme Court decision against the fisherman who poached them. Additionally, the book you speak of above is filled with the author's self-promoting drivel and lies.
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Speaking of hagiography , Sea Shepherd did not "win" against Fish & Fish in the UK Supreme Court .....The case was dismissed because of jurisdictional issues ....It was never proven that the bluefin were "illegally poached" and the case was not against fishermen ..... If all your information comes from Sea Shepherd fabrications , you will always be woefully misinformed ...

" SSUK was jubilant about this result, which brings an end to several years of litigation. Unfortunately, for the Sea Shepherd organisation (and for blue fin tuna), this judgment did not condone SSCS’s acts but merely held that it could not be sued in England and Wales."

http://ukscblog.com/case-comment-se a-shepherd-uk-v -fish-fish-limi ted-2015-uksc-10/
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