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Rob West
Rob West

I recently wrote a blog about the Sea Shepherd and its righteous battle in the Southern Oceans. In it I mentioned Greenpeace’s absence, though that they had taken the front line to Japan rather than allowing the Japanese to bring it to the world’s whales.

This they have been doing and on the 13th a trial started in Japan of the upmost importance. A team of Greenpeace activists in Japan have been investigating the whaling industry and the corruption within it and when evidence was found and presented to the World, they were arrested and now stand trial rather than the sailors involved in the corruption. Though they have family they have put their freedom on the line for their beliefs.

Protests round the World at Japanese embassies as well as in Japan itself have shown the Japanese government that this is way too far to go for the corrupt, illegal and pointless killing of whales. The video is a very short and informative documentary about the situation, so please take a minute to watch it.

Greenpeace recently opened a public communications centre in Japan, where it will talk to Japanese people about environmental issues, including Japanese government’s whaling program. The centre is in the northern fishing town of Aomori, where Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki – the “Tokyo Two” – are due to be tried.

Greenpeace also enticed President Obama into their camp. He has stated that:

“As president, I will ensure that the U.S. provides leadership in enforcing international wildlife
protection agreements, including strengthening the international moratorium on commercial
whaling. Allowing Japan to continue commercial whaling is unacceptable.
As president, I also will work with my scientific advisors to develop a strategy to protect marine
life and ensure that the mechanisms we choose to implement that strategy are effective. My
administration will ensure that sound science — not ideology or profits —guides federal
environmental policy.”

Having said this he then entered talks with Japan to establish a ban on whaling in the Southern Oceans.

Fantastic... couldn’t be better...what’s that? The agreement will make it acceptable to kill whales in Japanese waters instead? Well then what’s the difference?!

One step forward is apparently always accompanied by two steps back.

Despite the more than obvious opposition in New Zealand and Australia, the governments both have representatives at the meetings to establish the new parameters of Japanese whaling. Let’s hope they hear the pleas from Greenpeace and the World and put an end to this barbarism.

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