Aussie Anti-Ahabism

These excitable outback types are a cranky lot.

The small dorsal fins on the huge, curving backs now regularly parting the winter seas just off Sydney symbolise a new front in the war against Japanese whaling.
These are humpbacks on their annual breeding migration from the icy waters of the Antarctic, and Australians call them “our” whales.
Japan’s plan to add humpbacks to the list of whales it kills in the name of scientific research has outraged a nation already strongly opposed to the annual slaughter in the Antarctic.
…And with 1.5 million whale-watchers pumping 300 million dollars (225 million US) into Australia’s economy each year, they also translate into official scorn for Japan’s argument that it kills whales for research.
What is it after 20 years that they’ve discovered? That whales go well with soy sauce?” asked the leader of Australia’s Greens Party, Senator Bob Brown.

In other words, he’s ‘got yer Moby Dick right here, so bite me, blow-hole’.
(Bingster and I think it might be a fit of pique for getting their a$$es handed to them in a soccer fashion, hmmm?)

19 Responses to “Aussie Anti-Ahabism”

  1. John says:

    I don’t know the whole story here, but as long as the species aren’t endangered, I’m with the Japanese on this one. They don’t harvest that many, and it’s stupid knee-jerk anti-hunting attitudes that cause the deer, deer tick, and now coyote / wolf hybrid overpoulations in my neck of the woods. And now I’ve got bears.

  2. John says:

    Oh yes, whale does taste pretty good with soy sauce. Bite me, Green Party.

  3. major dad says:

    Oh you better stand by John, THS likes whales (alive).

  4. Mr. Bingley says:

    What does that say about you, major dad?

  5. Crusader says:

    Nuke the Whales!

  6. Mike Rentner says:

    I lived in Iceland as a kid and watched a couple whales hauled up on the ramp and butchered in Whale Bay. We weren’t allowed to get any ivory, US laws prevent it, but I vaguely recall the whales tasting pretty good.

  7. John says:

    I like live whales too, and I don’t want to see the Japanese, or the Inuit, hunting endangered species. But for some reason silly people like deer, too, and that shouldn’t prohibit me from eating one, or from buying a nuisance permit.
    Live and let live. I don’t get on the Koreans and Cantonese about their dog and cat habits. 😉
    BTW, Major Dad, give me a shout if you want me to whack Bingley one next time I’m in NYC.

  8. Mr. Bingley says:

    He may want to hire your FIL, John.

  9. John says:

    My FIL’s over 80, he’ll just delegate it to me anyway.

  10. Mr. Bingley says:

    Hey, so maybe you will make the trip with me on Saturday after all, eh?

  11. John says:

    It’s all in Major Dad’s hands, now.

  12. Mr. Bingley says:

    Just try not to make it too bloody, since Daughter will be with me.

  13. John says:

    So you’re saying that you’re pretty sure Major Dad wants me to whack you one?

  14. major dad says:

    Whack away but don’t expect to work up much of a sweat, pencil neck will crumple like an aluminum can. Bing asks “what does that say about you” well this is a family blog and I got your whale right here coffee boy. Deer are pests, they taste good and there are tons of them what’s hard to figure out?

  15. John says:

    Hoofed rats is what deer are, but some people up here in the NE were scarred for life by “Bambi” and can’t get the more deer = more deer ticks equation through their heads. So I’m pretty much against anyone trying to protect animals they happen to like without a good reason. The only good reason I can think of is that the animal populations in question are endangered by the hunting.

  16. Mr. Bingley says:

    Deer are tasty. And the deer are going to die anyway, so I’d much rather it be via my rifle than the front of my bride’s car.

  17. (I thought they met their demise usually by rifle FROM the front seat of your car…)

  18. Mr. Bingley says:

    That works too.
    There’s icky stuff in the woods; why walk there?

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