Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Avatar pilot turns sights in whalers

Hollywood actor Michelle Rodriguez says she plans to take direct action against Antarctic whaling because the law is not working.

Rodriguez, star of the movie Avatar and the TV series Lost has tested her sea legs with Sea Shepherd activists in preparation for a campaigning spot in the summer of 2011-12.

Speaking after reaching Hobart aboard the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin, she said there was no single way to bring an end to whaling.
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"But I do believe the most effective tactic at the moment to stop the whaling would definitely be direct action, because nobody listens," she said.

"You can put laws and that's great and they stop humble people who follow them, but there are those people who don't care for the laws."

She said in the case of whaling, despite national and international laws protecting whales in the Antarctic, the killing continued.

"It's like laws are set, but no money is put behind the actual enforcement."

Rodriguez said whaling was pat of a general exhaustion of the seas.

"Just in the name of having a bunch of food in developed countries thrown away. It's out of convenience. It saddens me. It feels wrong. So I'm here to do something about it."

The tough-girl actor, who played a helicopter pilot in Avatar, joined a voyage from Fremantle aboard the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin.

"I got sick the first few days," she said. "And I got so scared because I want to go on campaign so bad. I want to get the full on experience and really help out. But thank God it went away after the first few days and I stopped feeling nauseous and like I'm about to die."

Sea Shepherd's leader, Paul Watson, said the group's ships, Steve Irwin, Bob Barker, and a fast trimaran tentatively named Gojira (Japanese for Godzilla) plan to head south in search of the whaling fleet on December 2.

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