Originally Posted by Skipdrive
What's the alternative? Watch while whales gradually become extinct, one species at a time? The Japanese won't respond to anything other than a show of force, apparently. Kinda' like WWII. Unfortunately, these hapless people aren't really affecting anything other than producing a TV show that demonstrates how bumbling they are. But at least somebody's
trying to do something to help these magnificent creatures besides poor Claire Bennet.
The alternative is to work in Japan to change their minds about eating whale -- cut the demand. Right now the Sea Sheppards actions just serve to harden their opposition. They may save a couple of whales every whaling season, but their hard-line and unreasonable stance causes people in Japan to harden their pro-whaling stance, thereby extending the day when whaling will cease. So really they are causing more harm to whales than good.
It is kind of like the whole dolphin free tuna thing. To stop the deaths of dolphins (which aren't endangered) fishermen were forced to use different techniques for fishing... unfortunately these new techniques catch a lot of fish (many endangered) that weren't being caught before. The end result is that to save 1 dolphin you are harming dozens of other fish with the end result being greater environmental destruction.
The only way out of a Chinese finger puzzle is to stop pulling and change directions.