Showing posts with label Stop Whaling. Show all posts
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August 30, 2017

Sea Shepherd Not Able to Continue to Intercept Japanese Whaling Ships

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 Anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd has announced it will not intercept Japanese vessels in the Southern Ocean this season.
The anti-whaling group's ships have confronted ships off Antarctica each year since 2005.
Sea Shepherd founder Captain Paul Watson said the group could no longer match Japan's surveillance technology. 
He accused nations including Australia, New Zealand and the US of being "in league" with Japan.
A photo released by Sea Shepherd in January of a whale on a ship
"Japan is now employing military surveillance to watch Sea Shepherd ship movements in real time by satellite and if they know where our ships are at any given moment, they can easily avoid us," Mr. Watson said in a statement.
He told the Australian Broadcasting Corp: "We do not have their money, we do not have their technology. We are going to have to find an alternative way to deal with them and we will."
Mr. Watson did not detail potential future tactics.
Despite an international moratorium on whaling since 1985, Japan's fleet sails to the Antarctic in the autumn or winter each year, returning the following spring.  Mr Watson said the Sea Shepherd was largely responsible for reducing Japan's annual whaling quota from 1,035 in 2005 to 333 at present.

'Hostile governments' claim

In 2014, Australia successfully won a temporary ban on Japanese whaling in the International Court of Justice (ICJ). 
However, Japan resumed whaling a year later, claiming that its fleet had satisfied ICJ requirements about conducting scientific research. 
Australia, New Zealand, the US and other nations have maintained public opposition. In January, Australian Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said he was "deeply disappointed" that Japan had resumed another whaling season.
However, the three nations were accused by Mr. Watson of having "hostile governments" who did not challenge the program in any genuine way.
"We are trying to do the job that Australia, New Zealand, the United States and other nations should be doing, but they are too busy appeasing Japan," he said.
Mr. Frydenberg said: "No country has done more than Australia to try to end Japan's so-called 'scientific' whaling, particularly in the Southern Ocean.
"The Government has made representations at the highest level in Japan and we are working hard through the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to end any commercial or so-called 'scientific' whaling and promote whale conservation."

September 19, 2014

Int Whaling Comm. Upholds Ruling Banning Japan from Slaughtering Whales


The International Whaling Commission has voted to uphold a court ruling banning Japan from hunting whales in the Antarctic Ocean.  Conservationists hailed the ruling as a victory, but Tokyo says it will submit revised plans for a whale hunt in 2015.  
Commercial whaling has been banned since 1986.  Since then, Japan has still hunted whales under what it calls a "scientific whaling program."  Conservation groups say this program is nothing more than a poor disguise for commercial whaling.
In a surprise move in March, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled Japan must halt its whaling program in the Southern Ocean.
Delegates at the International Whaling Commission or IWC summit in Slovenia voted by a 35 to 20 majority Thursday, to adopt a resolution backing the International Court of Justice ruling.
Patrick Ramage from conservationist group the International Fund for Animal Welfare says it is a major blow to Japan’s hopes of resuming whaling next year.
“It is almost as though Japan's commissioner is saying: ‘Pay no attention to the world court judgment behind the curtain - we are going back to whaling in a sanctuary around Antarctica.’  Ultimately, Japan needs to reconcile itself to the emerging global consensus for whale conservation and the court order of the ICJ," said Ramage.
Because the resolution was not passed by consensus, it is not binding on all IWC members.  After the vote, Japan’s commissioner to the IWC Joji Morishita said Tokyo would submit a new plan to resume so-called scientific whaling off Antarctica.
“We will be providing, we will be submitting a new research plan in [the] Antarctic ocean so that we will implement that research activities starting from 2015.  And all these activities are, as we have been arguing, perfectly in line with international law, [based upon] scientific bases, as well as ICJ judgment language," said Morishita.
New Zealand, which sponsored the resolution, insisted the IWC must respect the vote and reject Japan’s attempts to resume the hunt.  Its commissioner is Gerard Van Bohemen.
“There is no issue of discretion here, the Commission has made a clear recommendation and instruction to the scientific committee, and as a subsidiary body, of course, it must comply," said Van Bohemen.
A bid by Argentina, Brazil, South Africa and Uruguay to create a whale sanctuary in the South Atlantic failed to get enough votes.
Activists have frequently clashed with Japanese whaling vessels in the Southern Ocean.
In Japan, few people actually eat whale meat, but supporters say whaling is part of ancient Japanese culture.  In a restaurant in central Tokyo, chef Shunpei Meguro is carefully slicing a side of whale meat.
“It would be sad to lose such an ingredient,” he said, “especially considering it has been Japan's traditional food.”

A smaller whale hunt in the Pacific Ocean began earlier this month.  Japan, Iceland and Norway are the only countries that hunt whales. 
Henry Ridgwell

March 19, 2014

Steve Irwin(Whale Saver) and the new Boat More Like a Destroyer…more to come

Photo of the day! The MY Steve Irwin powering through the rough southern oceans! WOW! #operationrelentless                                         

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