I am sure everyone has seen a clip of or has heard of the Animal Planet show "Whale Wars". The extremist Sea Shepard Conservation Society has gotten a new weapon named after the dreaded Japanese monster, Gojira. While I agree with protecting endangered species such as the fin whale, which doesn't even have an agreed upon population estimate in the Antarctic, the Sea Shepard Conservation Society should not interfere with the lively hood of others or resort to violence. Using a loophole to get around the International Whaling Commission ban against commercial whaling by claiming the harvesting is for research is equally absurd as the antics of the Sea Shepard Conservation Society. I am all for protecting endangered species, but when the minke whale is the main target and only one fin whale was harvested last year, it is hard to claim that there is any detrimental affect on the minke whale population. The harvest limit of 900 is based on population estimates as well as reproduction rates. The Antarctic minke whale population is roughly 670,000. Leaving the 900 specimen harvest rate at a measly .1% of the total population. Neither the Japanese whaling fleet nor the Sea Shepard Conservation Society are in the right. The Japanese should not be using a loophole to harvest whales and the Sea Shepard Conservation Society should not be resorting to terrorist acts to get their message through and try to prevent the harvest of the minke and sometimes fin whale. Read the full article here.