Half a century ago, Belgian Zoologist Bernard Heuvelmans first codified cryptozoology in his book On the Track of Unknown Animals.

The Centre for Fortean Zoology (CFZ) are still on the track, and have been since 1992. But as if chasing unknown animals wasn't enough, we are involved in education, conservation, and good old-fashioned natural history! We already have three journals, the largest cryptozoological publishing house in the world, CFZtv, and the largest cryptozoological conference in the English-speaking world, but in January 2009 someone suggested that we started a daily online magazine! The CFZ bloggo is a collaborative effort by a coalition of members, friends, and supporters of the CFZ, and covers all the subjects with which we deal, with a smattering of music, high strangeness and surreal humour to make up the mix.

It is edited by CFZ Director Jon Downes, and subbed by the lovely Lizzy Bitakara'mire (formerly Clancy), scourge of improper syntax. The daily newsblog is edited by Corinna Downes, head administratrix of the CFZ, and the indexing is done by Lee Canty and Kathy Imbriani. There is regular news from the CFZ Mystery Cat study group, and regular fortean bird news from 'The Watcher of the Skies'. Regular bloggers include Dr Karl Shuker, Dale Drinnon, Richard Muirhead and Richard Freeman.The CFZ bloggo is updated daily, and there's nothing quite like it anywhere else. Come and join us...

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

RICHARD FREEMAN: Sea Shepherd thwarts Japanese whalers

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has put an end the Japanese whaling fleet’s murder of marine mammals, for this year at least. The whalers were forced to cut short this year's Antarctic whale hunt and Japan's whaling fleet is heading back to port with less than half of its projected quota. The Sea Sheppard ships Gijira and Bob Barker (the former named after the Japanese movie monster) had harassed the whalers making hunting impossible for them.

In November last year, in defiance of global opposition and several international laws, Japan's whaling fleet set off for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary with the intention of slaughtering 1,000 whales. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan has continued to hunt whales under the loophole of ‘scientific whaling', yet while the meat is put on sale in restaurants and supermarkets, no science has been ever produced from the slaughter of these animals.

Hopefully the heroic efforts of the Sea Sheppard group this year will prove the death knell for whaling.

1 comment:

Syd said...

Civilisation = ONE
Sons of Nippon = NIL