My Humps, my Humps, my Humps, my lovely lady lumps

19 11 2007

Forgive me for the Fergie reference, but this title actually makes sense when you hear the story that goes with the picture below (from CelebritySmack).

Yes, that’s the girl from “Heroes.” No, that isn’t a photo shoot. Like any other young starlet, she has a warrant out for her arrest, and it’s not for DUI or being caught with illegal herbs! Our favorite cheerleader, Hayden Panettiere was trying to paddle out on a surf board in a cove near Taiji (Japan) to interfere with fishermen on a dolphin hunt in late October. The “bad girl” was collaborating with the Save Japan Dolphins coalition. Her group of bikini-clad activists attempted to reach some dolphins before they were killed. Unfortunately, the girls were blocked by a fishing boat before they could go far enough out. Here’s the video of Hayden crying after being turned back. Now, they are wanted for trespassing. If they all look actresses in the photo that’s because they are! The middle, model-like girl (another Aussie) is “Home and Away” star Isabel Lucas. If I was going to save some dolphins that’s the outfit I would wear.

“I was very excited that people were interested in what we did,” Hayden told E! News. “In [Hollywood], you tend to only get publicity for not wearing underwear or going to rehab.”

You’re such a heroine, Hayden! Ultra rebellious! Now celebrities are even trying to use dolphins to get publicity…

After you get all the giggles out of you, it’s time to actually get serious. The AP is reporting today that Japan will not back down and will continue its annual whaling hunt despite international outcry. The poaching of whales and dolphins is culturally acceptable in Japan in the same way other countries treat fishing. A Japanese fleet embarked on a whale hunt yesterday that is being labeled as the country’s largest whaling expedition since the 1960s, a new addition to the grocery list – the protected humpback whale.

Here’s an exerpt from the article:

“They’re violent environmental terrorists,” mission leader Hajime Ishikawa said. “Their violence is unforgivable … We must fight against their hypocrisy and lies.”

Families waved little flags emblazoned with smiling whales and the crew raised a toast with cans of beer, while a brass band played “Popeye the Sailor Man.”

The whalers plan to kill up to 50 humpbacks in what is believed to be the first large-scale hunt for the once nearly extinct species since a 1963 moratorium in the Southern Pacific put the giant marine mammals under international protection.

The crew also plans to hunt 935 minke whales and up to 50 fin whales during the expedition which is expected to last through Aprilaleqm5ioxfu-5c-gr71pvjdmprpe8lnyja.jpg, according to Japan’s Fisheries Agency. International critics say that Japan is lying about its reasons for killing the whales. Japanese authorities say that they are hunting the animals in order to conduct research on their reproductive and feeding patterns. An International Whaling Commission’s moratorium on commercial whaling took effect in 1986, but Japan has killed thousands of whales (whose meat is sold on the commercial market) under research permits. The Japanese government has even fought to overturn the moratorium. Greenpeace sent a ship to find the Japanese whaling ships and monitor (and possibly interfere) with its mission. Apparently the fishing boats have turned off their identification radar, but they are supposed to be sailing towards Antarctica. The illustration to the right is from AFP.

People are all up in arms about this now, but I say give it a week and the world will have died down. People are so easy to judge and criticize someone else. I am not picking sides, but I know all to well how short the world’s attention span is especially when it comes to the environment. I wouldn’t be surprised to see Hayden next year sitting in a Japanese restaurant eating some kind of whale sushi. Then there’s the side that says cultural traditions like Japan’s whale hunting are destroying the planet. What do you think? Does Japan have the right to hunt whales or is the environmental destruction too much for the rest of the world to permit?

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6 responses

23 11 2007
beijinggirl08

That’s so sad that these beautiful animals are in such danger. It reminds me of how in China they still eat shark fin soup for cultural reasons, even though it is so damaging to those animals.
But this is just another reason why I love Hayden!

30 11 2007
kdryhurst

I’m not sure how I feel about this. I have been a vegetarian on and off for 12 years and I support the environment. But, I am forced to see the cultural side of it. My mother is from the Northern tip of Norway, where whale fishing is still legal. Norway has been cited as one of the most efficient governments with strong support for its people. Does it make it backwards that they still hunt whales? I can’t think that it’s any more backwards than feeding cows more than human beings in this country.

2 12 2007
mediadeliria

What really disturbs me about this is the manner in which they kill the whales and dolphins. Exploding harpoons? Honestly, it’s a whale. They don’t have claws. There’s a video circulating around of the fishers cutting the throats of dolphins and letting them bleed and drown to death.

Real humane.

2 12 2007
fromthevault

It seems like we’ve done enough damage already by destroying these animals’ habitats that we should allow the few of them left to survive. While Hayden’s involvement in this particular cause has brought a lot of attention to whaling in Japan, I think we should also take a look at what kinds of hunting Americans are doing that have potentially dangerous effects on different species of animals here.

7 12 2007
therealcarolina

I guess I’ll play devil’s advocate hear and say that after driving regularly along a route with chicken trucks, this is not so shocking. I’m no advocate of whaling, but when you see hundreds of chickens bound, packed like sardines, and struggling against reality to escape from their open air torture truck, It make you look at animal cruelty different way. At least the whaling is in smaller numbers.

7 12 2007
angelastrader

I’m confused about what Hayden actually did. And who is she?, I could use some links! Good photos with the story though. I do think that when it comes to the environment, since its destructive effects can reach across the world, that other people should step in to try to stop it.

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