Anonymous asked: I'm genuinely curious: isn't it hypocritical that organizations like Sea Shepherd attack Japan etc for whaling and yet the countries these organizations generated from slaughter anima
You have to understand that ALL countries slaughter animals. This is exactly why Sea Shepherd serves as an international, non-governmental organization. In other words, Sea Shepherd belongs to no country - they operate as an independent unit in international conservation, with the sole objective of defending marine wildlife wherever it is threatened.
If you hear phrases like “Sea Shepherd Australia,” or a branch of Sea Shepherd that hails from a country, or even if you look at the flags that the Sea Shepherd fleet flies, these are incidental, as by law NGOs and ships are legally required to have countries of origin or home ports. So these designations are merely for legal purposes so Sea Shepherd is allowed to operate without getting yelled at by angry lawyers.
That’s also why Sea Shepherd has never targeted specific countries for their actions. Yeah, a lot of emphasis gets put on Japan; however this is because this independent organization of whalers - which simply receives funding from Japan - has the only whaling fleet left on the planet. These whalers are the last of a dying age, and they get all the attention because the corporatism involved in funding and killing whales (ostensibly for profit, although under the guise of research). It helps to stop referring to them as “the Japanese” or “the Japanese whalers,” because honestly, nobody is blaming Japan for this. Sea Shepherd merely blames the bloodlusting fools who think the career path they’ve chosen - slaughtering innocent animals against international mandate - is a wise, prideful, and profitable endeavour.
For further proof of how unbiased Sea Shepherd is, take a look at all of the organizations many campaigns. Sea Shepherd is stopping the annual Grind, the ritualistic slaughter of whales in the Faeroe Islands, saving wildlife and supporting local law enforcement in the Galapagos, saving sea lions in Oregon and Washington USA, saving seals in Namibia, and fighting against shark finning in China. Yes, SS also intervenes against the whalers in the Antarctic (and these whalers happen to hail from Japan), and yes, Sea Shepherd intervenes in Taiji, Japan where thousands of dolphins are slaughtered every year.
Sea Shepherd encounters Japanese nationals, as well as other nationals, if they choose to harm marine wildlife against international regulation. Where someone is from is irrelevant, because attacking marine wildlife is wrong no matter where you reside.