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Ever wonder what would happen if a Real Life Animal Wrongs Group got their own show? Well, that's pretty much what Whale Wars is about. The show, which currently airs on Animal Planet, follows Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as they try to stop Japanese whaling ships from hunting whales. They do this by chasing the ships, and then disabling or throwing rotten butter at them; note that in this case, "disabling" means attempting to sink or scuttle the ships, in the middle of the ocean, which could certainly result in casualties. Because of this, the show is highly controversial.
In case you are wondering, the whales do not actually war with each other.
This article is not about whaling. It is about a TV show and the tropes it employs. Editorials on one side or the other of the whaling controversy are not useful here.
This show has examples of:
- Animal Wrongs Groups: Pretty much the textbook version of this. While causing harm to the whalers themselves is not a priority, Sea Shepherd does not seem to be particularly concerned about their safety. Even other environmental rights groups such as Greenpeace want nothing to do with the SSCS because their tactics are so controversial.
- La Résistance: The Sea Shepherds.
- Punch Clock Villain: The whalers.