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Whaling Violations Ignored by the Government

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Rob West
Rob West

New Zealand is no longer backing international law. It has stepped down and allows international criminals to exploit it’s resources. This is the only answer, however drastic it sounds to the total lack of response to the Japanese whaling fleet within our waters hunting whales in an internationally protected sanctuary.

The whaling fleet is breaking international conservation law within the principles of the United Nations World Charter for Nature, yet no-one except a conservation charity have taken action. The Steve Irwin, the flagship for Sea Shepherd is confronting the fleet as it did last year and despite having been met with gun fire and other physical attacks in previous attempts to halt whaling, they persist. The brave crew of 40 have tackled the extreme weather conditions to halt the ships with a barrage of stinky substances and even a minor collision.

This sort of thing is not new, as Greenpeace have sent a boat down every year for the past 11 years, so I guess our government can pretend to ignore it. A little look in the other direction is no big thing when it is only whales on the line. With their current level of disdain for the environment it is barely even surprising, just disappointing. Even UN charter cannot save the whales or the crew of Sea Shepherd, but we should all be aware of their plight and discuss it with every person we meet. When the Japanese begin to understand that the trashing of the oceans is not acceptable, the environment will stand a much better chance, and our own future within it.

Greenpeace has notably been absent from the fray this year, though they have taken the fight elsewhere, straight to the Japanese. They have diverted their resources to changing opinion in Japan about this issue. They realise that the overwhelming facts of the matter are that this battle can be won a lot easier than the one on the open sea. With a poll showing two thirds of the Japanese public are against whaling, only 1% of the population eating whale meat more than once a month, the younger generation just do not eat it altogether and the massive stockpile of frozen whale meat (almost 5000 tonnes) all testify to a totally outmoded industry. The industry itself can’t even argue that it provides economic benefits, as for the first time this year the boats could not gather a crew entirely from Japan due to the pressure there.

With Sea Shepherd attacking from the sea and Greenpeace helping the hearts and minds of the Japanese change, Japanese whaling looks set to die out in the near future.

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