Whale Wars

Paul WatsonI am a big fan of Captain Paul Watson and the guys at Sea Shepherd. His actions against the Japanese whaling fleet have saved hundreds, if not thousands of whales in Antarctica. Each time I watch the program, I feel I should be there doing my bit. It’s too easy to sit on the sofa cheering Paul and the crew on as they battle with the Japanese whaling fleet.

Being a practicing Nichiren Buddhist and a member of the SGI, I have been concerned about the possible conflict of interests, the SGI being initially a Japanese organisation. So while I had the ear of Ricky Baynes on Saturday, I took the opportunity to ask where the SGI stood on whaling.

Of course, in hindsight, I should have known the answer. The SGI, as an organisation, has no stance on whaling. How could it, Nichiren Buddhism has no rules, no do’s or don’ts, and with all aspects of life, it is the individual who decides their own stance.

That’s how it should be. Each person is free to make their own mind up, to balance the pros and cons and come to a decision. I know where I stand, I hate to see these beautiful creatures being hunted and killed in such a barbaric fashion.

The whalers, and they aren’t all Japanese, mitigate their actions by saying that they are doing it in the name of science. But we all know that is rubbish. Why do they need to kill over a thousand whales a year? What benefit is there to scientific research? What will they hunt when the whales are gone?

Well that’s my viewpoint, and I’m happy to tell the world where I stand. If you feel the same, you might want to help Paul and the Sea Shepherds by donating or by buying something from their shop.

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Noel Singleton
    Nov 21, 2012 @ 03:32:42

    I am an SGI member and find the non-answer about whaling unacceptable. If we have a position on various human-rights related issues, on nuclear disarmament, on sustainability of resources, on education, gender equality, etc., there should be something distinct about the slaughter of dolphins at Taiji and the gruesome behavior of whalers on the high seas. I cannot agree that there are no do’s and don’ts, no rules. That would be the status of savages, not Buddhists!

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    • Anupadin
      Nov 21, 2012 @ 09:17:00

      Hi Noel, I agree with you about the non-answer stance, but if you agree with there being no rights or wrongs, but complete responsibility for our actions, you have to agree that each individual has their own decision to make. If the SGI has to have a stance for or against everything, where does that leave you as a member if their stance does not agree with yours. I see what you are complaining about, but I think we have to see the wider picture. In that respect, maybe we shouldn’t have a stance, as an organisation, for or against anything. That wouldn’t make anyone a savage, however you define it.

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