[WILD_SEAS_NET] FAROE ACTION / Whale killing on the rise!

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Fri Jul 07 2000 - 13:06:00 EDT


IN DEFENCE OF THE WHALES,
THE CHIEFLY PEOPLES OF THE OCEAN WORLD !

LATEST UPDATE OF THE HUNTING LIST - see at the end of the message! -
please distribute as wide as possible!

Received today from: SEA SHEPHERD INTERNATIONAL
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 6, 2000
SEA SHEPHERD TAKING ACTION TO STOP WORLD'S LARGEST WHALE HUNT - "Time
for talking is over"

As the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission ends in
Australia, half a world away the environmental activists who pioneered
direct action in defense of whales and marine wildlife are closing in on
the
Faroe Islands with a single aim: Shut down the world's largest and
bloodiest slaughter of whales.

The Ocean Warrior, flagship of Sea Shepherd International, will arrive
in
the waters of the Faroe Islands -- a Danish protectorate in the North
Atlantic that slaughters up to 2,000 pilot whales a year -- early
tomorrow
morning, with Captain Paul Watson at the helm and more than half a dozen
international media teams on board.

"The politicians are done posing in Australia," said Watson, president
of
Sea Shepherd. "The compromises have been struck, the rules have been
bent, the offenders have gone unpunished, and the world has been dragged
another half-step closer to believing that the slaughter of even more
whales is okay, and opposing it is culturally insensitive. The IWC is
the perfect example of the reason why individuals ultimately must take
matters into their own hands to halt practices that are simply wrong."

The Faroese pilot whale hunt is a "drive hunt" similar to the Japanese
dolphin slaughter that shocked Australia last week when a videotape of
one such hunt was shown at the IWC meetings. Thousands of whales, along
with several hundred dolphins and a number of orcas and bottlenose
whales, are herded into shallow bays by fishing boats, gaffed, hauled
onto shore, and butchered en masse. The Faroes have the highest standard
of living in Europe and largest per capita fishing fleet and seafood
catch in the world. The pilot whale hunts are a relic of the islands'
Viking past, carried out in the name of "tradition." The meat of the
whales is laden with mercury at levels considered unsafe for humans and
especially harmful to children.

Sea Shepherd has orchestrated a continent-wide boycott of Faroese
seafood over the past nine months, with the result that four of the
largest food importer/distributors in Europe have agreed to terminate
their contracts with the Faores -- a loss of more than 20,000 retail
outlets -- until the hunt is halted.

When a Sea Shephed vessel first came to the Faroes in 1985/86, it was
attacked by Faroese police boats firing tear gas. Faroes Prime Minister
Atli Dam finally promised Captain Watson that the pilot whale hunt would
be made more humane via cooperation with the IWC and UNEP, and children
would no longer be involved in the slaughter. The hunt remains an
exercise in abject cruelty, and children are still involved. Sea
Shepherd will not negotiate further with the Faroes home rule government
for anything other than the end of the hunts. Cetacean drive hunts are a
violation of the 1979 Bern Convention on the Conservation of European
Wildlife and Natural Habitats.

"The world is caught in a struggle over the extension of ethics to
include
lives other than our own," said Sea Shepherd Information Director Andrew

Christie. "Against the old belief in the right of total human dominance
and
exploitation of nature is the newer idea that other sentient beings have
an
equal right to live and that there is never justification for the
infliction
of suffering. Our crews engage in active resistance in defense of the
natural world."

Sea Shepherd was founded in 1977 after Watson, having led the first
Greenpeace whale and seal protection campaigns, left the organization he
co-founded in order to take more direct action. Sea Shepherd has rammed,
disabled, or sunk nine illegal whaling, driftnet, and dolphin-killing
vessels in the course of enforcing international conventions
prohibiting
whaling and destructive fishing practices.

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Whale Kill Rising: Conservation Nations Fail to Stop Japan

By Andrew Darby

ADELAIDE, Australia, July 6, 2000 (ENS) - Global whaling has increased
and plans to halt it are fundamentally split after the 2000 meeting of
the International Whaling Commission.

The whale kill now stands at 1,255, compared to a low of 326 in 1988,
two years after the global moratorium on commercial whaling was put in
place. Norway has increased minke whale quotas to 655 this year, and
Japan lifted its take to three species under the guise of scientific
whaling.

The take of 50 Bryde’s whales and 10 sperm whales from the North
Pacific, on top of Japan’s 540 minkes, alarmed global powers, which
disclosed they had taken it up formally with Tokyo.
The United States IWC Commissioner, Dr. James Baker, told the meeting
the U.S. has raised the issue at the highest level with the Japanese
government.
Britain’s Fisheries Minister, Eliott Morley, said he was concerned that
the Japanese decision foreshadowed something much greater. “There were
hints in our discussions...that humpback whales are next on the list,”
Morley said. “My government is concerned that these plans represent not
just a feasibility study for a research program, but also a feasibility
study for the resumption of full scale pelagic whaling.”
A UK motion condemning Japanese proposals to add 50 Bryde’s whales and
10 sperm whales to its whaling programme was passed by delegates.
“Japan is flying in the face of world opinion which strongly supports
the IWC’s moratorium of commercial whaling. Today’s successful
resolution shows that most of the members of the IWC do not accept
Japan’s claims that this slaughter is justified by a valid research
programme; the whale meat from the so-called scientific programme is
sold in Japan. I very much hope Japan will not proceed with these
plans,” Morley said.

Australia told the meeting that many lawyers believe Japan may not be
acting within its rights under international law by using scientific
permits as a disguise for commercial whaling. But Japan challenged any
country to mount a case. “If you think this action is available to you,
please go ahead,” said its alternate IWC Commissioner, Masayuki Komatsu.

At the same time, divisions between conservation nations over the best
way to halt commercial whaling were highlighted in the meeting.
Australia and New Zealand attracted 18 votes for a South Pacific
Sanctuary, short of a three quarters majority, but enough for the
proponents to develop the plan for a further vote next year. Such major
changes in the IWC, if successful, usually take more than one annual
vote.
But next day, Australia was alone in declining to join a consensus
backing attempts to speed up the finalization of a management plan for
commercial whaling, should it ever be resumed.
Other conservation nations that backed the sanctuary joined the move to
work towards finalizing the long delayed Revised Management Scheme. The
five page document has been under negotiation for seven years.
International organisations, notably the IUCN-World Monitoring Center
and the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, queried
its progress. The IWC agreed to hold an intersessional workshop in Japan
in an attempt to finalise it at the next meeting.

But Morley, the UK fisheries minister, said, “Interventions by several
countries, including the UK, were successful in making clear that a
resolution on the RMS simply set out the process for discussions and did
not include any new commitments in terms of timetable or content.”
Among other highlights, the International Whaling Commission: heard that
a minister for the Caribbean nation of Dominica resigned on July 4 over
his country’s “no” vote on the sanctuary. Fisheries Minister Athie
Martin expected Dominica to abstain, and said Japanese aid was being
used to manipulate the vote. It heard that in another Caribbean nation,
St. Vincent and the Grenadines, local whalers in March took a cow
humpback whale and its calf, for the second year running, against IWC
rules. listened to the plight of the critically endangered North
Atlantic Right whale, whose entire population of 300 is thought to have
produced one calf this year. Under pressure from ship strikes and
entanglement in fishing gear, the species has a seven percent mortality
rate.
The Adelaide meeting marked the retirement after 24 years as executive
secretary of Dr. Ray Gambell. Dr. Gambell has over the years as a
scientist and official been a leading figure in the world of whales and
whaling. Ireland’s chairman Dr. Michael Canny also resigned, to be
replaced by Professor Bo Fernholm of Sweden, director, Department of
Vertebrate Zoology at the Swedish Museum of Natural History. The new
executive secretary is Dr.Nicola Grandy of the United Kingdom.

The next meeting of the commission will be in London, UK, from July 2
through 27, 2001. Japan beat New Zealand 19-10 in a secret ballot to
host the 2002 meeting.
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Please distribute the following even further:

Support THE GOOD, isolate THE BAD and
FIGHT THE UGLY:
Visit Eco.online, a web site created by non-governmental organizations
to cover the Adelaide IWC meetings.

Go to: STOP WHALING NOW! and protest against Japan and to the
GREENPEACE PROTEST PAGE to express your outrage on the wimpy stand of
Ireland and some who went for Japenese money rather than for real
peoples values!

Interested to "meet" the Japanese Whalers with a "hit"?

Or to bring the "high" HIGH-NORTH-ALLIANCE down ?

THE TARGET LIST:

THE TOTAL UGLY:

- JAPAN (Shame, Shame, Shame on you!)
- The PR company SHANDWICK (aka Shame'nd Wicked)
- NORWAY (Realize that you are just obsessed!)

Block them, fight them - wherever you find them!

THE UGLY:

- THE FAROE ISLANDS (You will see it!)
- RUSSIA (and all Soviet Whalers - Stop the sellout!)
- The HIGH NORTH ALLIANCE (from Canada, the Faroe
    Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway)
- DENMARK (STOP protecting killing in your protectorate!)
- St. VINCENT & THE GRENADINES (STOP illegal whaling!)
- DOMINICA (stand up against Japanese aid threats !)
- CHINA
- ANTIGUA
- BARBUDA
- ST. KITTS
- NEVIS
- St. LUCIA
- GUINEA

We call for the widest possible sanctions against these countries and
the withrawal of any preferential trade agreement. We call for a total
consumer boycott concerning all products and services of these countries
including a TOTAL tourism boycott.
We call for the total isolation of these countries, to ban these
countries from any international meeting and the total stop from any
financial aid or support deriving from taxpayers contributions,
multilateral agreements or private sources to these countries.

THE BAD:

- NETHERLANDS (The people with some of the worst
  environmental track records on earth - at home as well as in their
  former colonies!)
- World Wildlife Fund (nobody trusts your diplo-words anymore!)
- IUCN / WCMC / UNEP (the smokescreen-providers!)
- KOREA (don't be such wimps - your vessels are poaching
   everywhere)
- ITALY (do not go for a pee during voting and stop bartertrading
  guns for fish or votes! That's known - so you do not need
  protection from whalers!)
- SWEDEN (close your borders with Norway, whose citizen might
  be contaminated by toxic whale-blubber!)
- SWITZERLAND (lots of whales in those mountains? or are
   you afraid of your bank-accounts held by the Japanese
   wheeler-dealers?)

STOP BUYING FROM THEM (goods or ideas)!
STOP ANY FUNDING deriving from taxpayers money or private support.
BOYCOTT any tourism to these destinations.

IMPROVE or LEAVE IWC:
- IRELAND (are you guys loosing your spirit? - resigning from a
  top slot is not enough!))
- OMAN (You are a conservationist Sultan Quabus, so why not your
   representatives? re: The Holy Quoran: DON'T DO MISCHIEF!)
- SOLOMON ISLANDS (o.k. you got other problems this time
   around, but make sure your vote - hopefully as an authority of
   the indigenous people of the Solomons - is counted next time
   FOR a whaling ban!)

SUPPORT:
- New Zealand (BRAVO: Honorable Mrs. Sandra Lee)
- Sea Sheapherd International (Let's all go and get'em out there!)
- Greenpeace Intl. (Congratulations on your strong stand)
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
- ECOTERRA Intl.
- AgA International
- The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society
- International Cetacean Education Research Centre
- International Marine Mammal Project of Earth Island
- All Countries supporting the whaling ban and the Whale Sanctuaries
  (specifically Brazil, Argentina and India who resisted Japan (ese
money).
  (and Britain and the United States, which MUST now follow up with
  trade related sanctions against the UGLY and STOP LFAS).
- Australia (though it still can improve a lot in other sectors)
- German food distribution giant ALDI Einkauf GmbH & Co (who cancelled
   all purchase contracts from the Faroes - 1,250 stores said NO!).

WE CALL FOR ACTIVE GLOBAL DEFENCE
AGAINST ANY WHALER!

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stop whaling please write to <WILD_SEAS.wildnet@ecoterra.net

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