No wonder killer whales have been getting testy. They know what’s up. The team behind Oscar-winning documentary The Cove brought in their undercover cameras to catch a high-end sushi restaurant in Santa Monica serving whale meat, and if there’s one, who knows how many others are doing it too. Someone give these vegans another Oscar. Or a fucking medal. Because this shit isn’t just outrageous, it’s illegal:
Last week, several federal agents, including one from the Border Patrol and one who speaks Japanese, joined their team. Once again, the chef and wait staff more than once identified the meat as whale, the affidavit said, and it may have been obtained from a Mercedes parked behind the restaurant.
Armed with a search warrant, federal officials on Friday went searching for evidence from the restaurant, including marine mammal parts as well as various records and documents. The possession or sale of marine mammals is a violation of the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and can lead to a year in prison and a fine of $20,000.
Buying illegal whale meat out of a trunk parked in a back alley? SKETCHY. Time to reevaluate your lives, fuckfaces. IN PRISON.
Whales are having a seriously bad month. Because now the National government in New Zealand wants to join Japan’s illegal death party and lift its own restrictions on whaling. Really New Zealand? What happened to you? After years of being a leader in the fight to end whale hunting, now you’re trotting out the same old excuses of “but we neeeeeeed to do this for scientific research”? Right. And if a few extra “research” whales just happen to fall off a truck on their way to Santa Monica, then, well, waste not, want not! It’s “eco-meat!”
[Correction: New Zealand wants to bring back commercial whaling, not just expand “research” whaling. So it’s EVEN WORSE.]
∞ posted at 13:16 by stevesimitzis
Killer whales kill. Shhhh! Don’t tell anybody! »
Adrants, a gossipy advertising blog, is criticizing the World Society for the Protection of Animals (WSPA), claiming their timing is poor for a campaign against SeaWorld:
In a morbid bid to capitalize on the SeaWorld tragedy, the World Society for Protection of Animals has hired Work Club to create a new campaign to dissuade British tourists from patronizing “cruel” attractions while on vacation. In other words, don’t go to SeaWorld.
I can’t tell, are those condescending quotation marks on “cruel” or not? I’m going to err on the side of condescending because, well, they are kind of dicks. Now to be fair, like I said, they are just criticizing the timing of such a campaign, not the message—“cruel” aside, they remain neutral on that. But that seems like the opposite of logic to me. This is perfect timing, considering the tragedy is not at all an isolated incident. The WSPA claims that this specific whale contributed to two other human deaths. And forget this whale, the BBC gives us a laundry list of carnage caused by other killer whales. Also, it’s not just that this has happened before, there are factors that lead to the incident such as inadequate confinement and generally poor conditions. SeaWorld is not going to tell the public about this, so the WSPA has to. That’s fucked up in its own right.
[Image from the WSPA]
∞ posted at 09:52 by youtalkfunny
“ Or, you know, maybe don’t enslave your fellow intelligent mammal species, as a start, and then just blow up all the motherfucking “Sea Worlds” and any zoo that isn’t run like the San Diego Wild Animal Park—thousands of acres where the creatures can roam free and hump in the sun, etc. „
Wonkette, which I adore, wanted to let you all know that some crazies at a website called Rightly Concerned posted something really gross last week titled “Bible ignored, trainer dies” that says that if Sea World Orlando officials had been reading the Old Testament, they’d have known that disobedient animals “shall be stoned,” just like naughty oxen, so get on that already and kill it, KILL IT NOW BEFORE IT KILLS AGAIN DEMON SPAWN OF THE SEA.
∞ posted at 13:55 by time-for-naps