I...nor do I think we should disregard cultures/traditions which are different from ours
Quote:why the phuck would I want to talk to Flipper or care what he would have to say about anything?
I can't believe I came out of SF semi-retirement to argue about fucking whales.
I must admit that, were I to learn something horribly tragic had happened to the Japanese whaling vessel...while I would not be pleased per se, I most certainly not shed a tear for anyone on board. Today, whaling is almost universally distasteful practice which is, frankly, untenable. The only situation in which I could see the murder of a likely-sentient entity having the slightest whisper of justifiability is in a life-or-death/it-or-me, or a kill-it-or-starve-to-death scenario. Whaling, today, could never be justified with the starvation argument. Nor could it be so with the former argument either.
Whaling, like so many other horrible institutions from mankind's past, is an enterprise that has outlived it's usefulness and justifiability. The time has come for whaling to be banned planet-wide (granting exception only to genuine, and critical scientific research wherein the harvesting of an occasional individual is an absolute and unavoidable necessity).
PS: Sea Shepard are still a bunch of douchy fags, though.