26th December 2011
Drones used by Conservation to track the Japanese Whale Killing Ships
The Sea Shepherds, the sea conservationists, have now been given two wonderful tools, eyes that can see from huge distances. These wonderful eyes are called Drones and one of these drones, have picked up from the skys, the evil Japanese whale butcher ship, the Nisshin Maru heading for the whale sanctuary. This year, the Japanese have sent out to the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary seven ships, these ships are going to kill and slice up our innocent family loving whales. Conservationists all voluntary are going to try and stop the Japanese from doing this, guided by probably the worlds most experienced Antarctic whale protector, Captain Paul Watson, whom I'm pleased to say is a friend of mine and always finds time to talk to everyone. Right, drone spotted Japanese Security Guards on the Shonan Maru no 2 making it's way to the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary
Japan is going ahead with the whale killing expedition, despite the disastrous falling demand for whale meat, which is also heavily contaminated with mercury and is a severe health risk.
14/12/11 The Australian - Japanese Whaling Season Slammed
The United States, Australia, New Zealand and the Netherlands say they are "disappointed" over the start of Japan's annual whale hunt off Antarctica and warned against violent clashes.
Japanese ships operating in the icy waters of the Southern Ocean have in recent years faced interference from the US-based militant environmentalist group Sea Shepherd, with repeated confrontations on the open seas.
The United States and its partners said while they supported the right to peaceful protest, any violence between whalers and demonstrators was unacceptable.
"The Governments of Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand, and the United States jointly condemn any actions that imperil human life in the Southern Ocean, "they said in a joint statement released by the US State Department.
"We are deeply concerned that confrontations in the Southern Ocean will eventually lead to injury or loss of life among protesters, many of whom are nationals of our countries, and whaling crews," they said.
"We remain resolute in our opposition to commercial whaling, including so-called 'scientific' whaling, in particular in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary...and are disappointed about the recent departure of the Japanese whaling fleet for the Southern Ocean."
Commercial whaling is banned under an international treaty but Japan has since 1987 used a loophole to carry out "lethal research" on the creature in the name of science.
Japan has claimed it is necessary to substantiate its view that there is a robust whale population in the world. It makes no secret of the fact that whale meat from this research ends up on dinner tables and in restaurants.
Anti-whaling nations and environmentalist groups routinely condemn the activity as a cover for commercial whaling.
Japanese ships cut short their 2010-2011 hunt in February, blaming interference from protesters.
The four nations hit out at Japan's claim it is carrying out research, saying they "wish to emphasize that lethal techniques are not required in modern whale conservation and management."
"We will continue to engage on this matter," the four nations pledged, reaffirming their commitment to the "global moratorium on commercial whaling."
The Japanese fleet aims to catch around 900 minke and fin whales this season, according to a plan submitted by the government to the International Whaling Commission.
10/12/11 - Green Leader Bob Brown Defends Whales
Bob Brown, the Australian Green's leader says, "Japanese whaling action in the USA Federal Court could back fire and help to bring an end to whaling in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary."
Japanese whalers are seeking an injunction against the Sea Shepherds and Paul Watson in the US Federal Court in Seatle.
The Greens in Australia are taking this court case seriously.
Senator Bob Brown say's, "the US legal action could compliment legal action brought by Australia against Japan in the International court of Justice", Bob Brown goes on to say, "that the Australian Government should take this opportunity to intervene", "Japan has gone to an International court - effectively the US - and Australia should use this opportunity to bring forward a case, which may have otherwise taken years, to have Japan found guilty of its breach of international law, by killing whales in the first place".
Bob Brown also said, "here now is a great opportunity to have the whaling fleet stopped in its tracks, through this action (the US case) rebounding on Japan, when it goes to the court in Seatle".
A spokesman for the Japanese Institute for Cetacean Research, Gavin Carter say's, "The US court action is designed to improve safety".
GreenEcoPeace say's, "the only danger to safety in the Antarctic Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is the ferosity of the Japanese whale killers, determined to kill at any cost, 1000 of our innocent whales.
They don't want the conservationists to stand in the way of them doing this, as the death of a whale means money to them, approximately $100,000 per whale.
200 million years of prehistoric whales, slaughtered for a mere $100,000 and never to be replaced. Such a valuable loss to our eco system and our children of the future.