[WILD_SEAS_NET] THE BATTLE AT THE FAROES STARTS

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Sat Jul 08 2000 - 05:04:49 EDT


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

THE BATTLE AT THE FAROES STARTS
THE TIME TO TALK IS OVER
DANISH WARSHIP ON ITS WAY!

Sea Shepherd Clashes with Faroe Islands Police

OCEAN WARRIOR, North Atlantic Ocean, July 7, 2000 (ENS) - A ship full of
whale conservationists and journalists led by Sea Shepherd International
founder Captain Paul Watson was confronted by Faroe Island police near
the Danish protectorate this morning.
The police attempted to board the Ocean Warrior and were repelled by Sea
Shepherd crew.
The Sea Shepherd crew is near the Faroe Islands to shut down what Watson
calls “the world’s largest and bloodiest slaughter of whales.” Faroe
Island whalers kill up to 2,000 pilot whales a year. Watson says the
encounter took place while the ship was in international waters and so
is an act of piracy. The Faroes police say the ship was already in the
waters of the Faroe Islands.

The Sea Shepherd crew has heard from several sources that a Danish
warship is on its way to the Faroe Islands to provide cover for the
whalers. Watson said, “If Denmark moves against our vessel to protect
the whale hunt of the Faeroe Islands, Sea Shepherd will immediately go
to the European court and charge Denmark with violation of EU treaties.
Denmark is a member of the European Union and Denmark signed treaties
against whaling. We would be interested to see how Denmark would justify
any action to assist in a whale hunt.”

Sea Shepherd has orchestrated a Europe 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 Faroes until the hunt is halted - a loss of more than 20,000
retail outlets, Watson says. Watson calls the pilot whale hunts “a relic
of the islands’ Viking past,” carried out in the name of tradition.

It is the position of the Faroese authorities that “a sustainable
harvest of pilot whales occurring in the waters around the Faroe Islands
is a legitimate activity.” The scientific Committee of the International
Whaling Commission has estimated that there are approximately 750,000
pilot whales in the North East Atlantic.
“The annual catch corresponds to only a small fraction of the annual
natural rate of increase, so there is no doubt that the Faroese pilot
whale hunt belongs to the category of substainable use of natural
resources,” according to the Royal Danish Embassy in Washington, DC.
Endeavours to deprive the Faroese people of their right to harvest this
resource is seen to be in violation of the UN Covenants of 1966 on Human
Rights, the Embassy states.

The Faroese pilot whale hunt is what is called a drive hunt. A school of
pilot whales, observed near the coast, is driven into a fiord and
beached, preferably on a flat stretch. The whales are killed by a stab
in the neck with a special knife. If beaching is unsuccessful each whale
is fastened by a special hook so that it can be killed either from a
boat or in shallow water. “It all looks quite violent but each animal is
dealt with so fast that the pain is brief,” the Danish Embassy states.

The authorities distribute the meat and blubber according to traditional
rules, the main rule being equal shares for all the inhabitants of the
district.

The pilot whale is not threatened with extinction. As a “small cetacean”
the whale is not covered by the regulations of the International Whaling
Commission (IWC).
But Watson says that thousands of whales, along with several hundred
dolphins and a number of orcas and bottlenose whales, are butchered each
year. The meat of the whales is laden with mercury at levels considered
unsafe for humans and especially harmful to children, he points out.
When a Sea Shepherd vessel first came to the Faeroes in 1985, it was
attacked by Faroese police boats firing tear gas. Faroes Prime Minister
Atli Dam promised Captain Watson that the pilot whale hunt would be made
more humane through cooperation with the IWC and the United Nations
Environment Programme, and children would no longer be involved in the
slaughter.

But Watson says the hunt is still “an exercise in abject cruelty, and
children are still involved.”

Watson says the 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, he says.

"Time for talking is over", Watson says. “The politicians are done
posing in Australia. 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.”

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

LATEST UPDATE OF THE TARGET LIST
- please distribute as wide as possible!

Support THE GOOD, isolate THE BAD and
FIGHT THE UGLY:

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!)
- THE FAROE ISLANDS (You will see it, NOW!)

Block them, fight them - wherever you find them!

THE UGLY:

- DENMARK (STOP protecting killing in your protectorate!)
- The HIGH NORTH ALLIANCE (from Canada, the Faroe
    Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway)
- RUSSIA (and all Soviet Whalers - Stop the sellout!)
- 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 - and now push for commercial whaling again!)
- World Wildlife Fund (nobody trusts your diplo-words anymore!)
- IUCN / WCMC / UNEP (the smokescreen-providers!)
- IWC (secretly the whale butcher's society)
- CITES (the trade-regulators for all the wildlife butchers)
- 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:

- Sea Sheapherd International (Let's all go and support them out there!)

- New Zealand (BRAVO: Honorable Mrs. Sandra Lee)
- Greenpeace Intl. (Congratulations on your strong stand at IWC)
- 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!).
- All the other 20,000 retailers, who cancelled contracts with the
Faroes
  and/or Danmark in protest against the Faroe whale massacres.

WE CALL FOR ACTIVE GLOBAL DEFENCE
AGAINST ANY WHALER!

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 go 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 ?

To receive the final summary on IWC 2000 and other information on how to
stop whaling please write to <WILD_SEAS.wildnet@ecoterra.net

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