UPDATE: June 24, 2010.
Now NAUTICAL LOG is angry and disgusted this morning on reading the Associated Press report by Arthur Max from Agadir, Morocco. He states:
"An international effort to truly limit whale hunting collapsed."
Without going into all the sordid details again we would point out that in the opinion of NAUTICAL LOG the great phony of these deplorable proceedings is Australia. Quoting Mr. Max's article:
"Australia, leading the hardline anti-whaling nations, hailed the outcome that preserved the ban on commercial whaling, even though it is flouted by three whaling states which claim exemptions. Australia was supported by a bloc of Latin American countries."
Hardline my asterisk!! Australia is the country that in spite of having responsibility under 'Territorial Seas' international maritime laws for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary refuses to send its navy (which is a royal pain in the australia by the by) on fishery protection patrol duties to that area. As a result of this, Australia's direct and deliberate inaction, the Japanese whaling fleet annually hunt and kill within the Sanctuary, as they will this 2010-2011 season. It corruptly and slyly uses the Sea Shepherds instead. It allows these Netherlands flag state pirate ships to use Australian Ports, Australian Port Labour, Australian Pilotage services, to resupply, refit and refuel with impunity. Australia is an example of international politics at its lowest level, it has not the right to lead a garbage truck to the dump let alone an international group within the IWC. The very values of straight talk, rough sportsmanship and fair play that Australia once espoused are clearly gone along with whale protection. No she's NOT right mate not by a long shot!! Well maybe the new first woman Prime Minister Julia Gillard can effect change.