[WILD_SEAS] CITES & IWC UNMASKED BY DUTCH CONNECTION SCAM

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Sat Jul 22 2000 - 08:53:11 EDT


- please distribute as wide (supporters, friends, press) as possible!

IN DEFENCE OF THE WHALES,
THE CHIEFLY PEOPLES OF THE OCEAN WORLD !
NO MORE TIME TO TALK - TIME FOR ACTION!

CITES & IWC UNMASKED BY DUTCH CONNECTION SCAM
and
THE BATTLE AT THE FAROES IS ON AGAIN!
OCEAN WARRIOR RETURNS TO THE FAROES AFTER
DENMARK GOVERNANCE TRIED TO DELAY THE
MARINE PROTECTORS!
UP TO 40 PILOT WHALES ARE BUTCHERED ALREADY!

TARGET LIST UPDATE ( - see all at the end of todays news)
BOYCOTT THE NETHERLANDS AND DUTCH PRODUCTS!
BOYCOTT UNILEVER (Unilever brand names include Gorton's Seafood, Bird's
Eye, Langnese, Lipton's Tea, Dove soap, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.)

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NETHERLANDS' WHALE HUNT PLAN EXPOSED
- Dutch IWC Commissioner and Dutch CITES Secretary
leading the way back to commercial slaughter

The head of the Netherlands delegation to the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) and the Dutch Secretary General of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) are openly working
toward the goal of legalizing the commercial hunting of whales and
worldwide trade in whale meat.

Fer von der Assen leads the Netherlands' delegation to the IWC and
chairs its "Revised Management Scheme" Committee, charged with gathering
input from member nations on the regulatory features of a theoretical
future resumption of whaling, should whale populations someday recover
from the decimation of centuries of commercial hunting. The U.S. IWC
delegation's copies of von der Assen's "Draft Revised Chapter V of the
Schedule" and his May 26, 2000, cover memo, sent from the Dutch Ministry
of Agriculture, have been obtained by U.S. Citizens Against Whaling and
Sea Shepherd International. They show that von der Assen proceeded
beyond the compilation of comments and went on
to draft the terms of a return to commercial whaling, which are now to
be
voted on at a special intercessional meeting of the IWC to be he held in

Japan in February.

In June, when asked by the Dutch newspaper Noordhollands Dagblad about
the existence of the plan and the involvement of the Netherlands' IWC
Commissioner, officials with the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture denied
all knowledge.

Subsequently, the terms of von der Assen's draft Revised Management
Scheme were provisionally approved at the July meeting of the IWC in
Adelaide, Australia, one day after a letter was sent to the Chairman of
the IWC by Willem Wouter Wijnstekers, a former Dutch government
bureaucrat who is now Secretary General of CITES. Wijnsteker's July 4
letter sternly informed IWC Chairman Michael Canny that "the IWC should
soon make important progress towards the adoption of a Revised
Management Scheme. This would allow the Conference of the Parties to
CITES to adopt the appropriate management regime for whale stocks."

Before CITES met in Nairobi, Kenya, in April, Wijnstekers had
recommended re-opening global trade in minke whales and gray whales, in
accord with the wishes of whaling nations Japan and Norway. He was
forced to reverse his recommendation when the majority of CITES member
nations pointed out that a move to re-open trade at CITES could not be
made in the absence of a management plan for whale hunting at the IWC.

The popular movement that resulted in the IWC moratorium on commercial
whale hunting, in effect since 1986, is considered the greatest single
success of the international environmental community.

"The people of the world are generally unaware that their
representatives
have agreed to the proposition that the whales are the property of those

countries that wish to kill them for money," said Sea Shepherd
International President Paul Watson. "International bureaucrats are
preparing to go back to the slaughter against the scientific evidence
that whales should not be hunted, and against the desire of the majority
of the worlds' people that the current violations of the ban on whale
hunting be halted and strictly enforced, and that humanity never again
subject these creatures to commercial exploitation."

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July 21, 2000

OCEAN WARRIOR RETURNING TO FAROE WHALE HUNT
- Whale protection ship undeterred by official harassment
- Unilever lashes out at boycott

Arrests, detention, deportation, incitement to mutiny by police, and
ever-increasing fines have failed to deter the Ocean Warrior, Sea
Shepherd International's flagship, from its campaign against the pilot
whale "grind hunts" of the Faroe Islands, a protectorate of Denmark.
Official pressure has been brought to bear in an attempt to make the
marine wildlife activists stand down and end the increasing
international attention that has been focused on the Faroes tradition of
mass whale slaughter since the campaign began on July 6.

Ocean Warrior sailed this morning from its port in the Shetland Islands
on
course for the Faroes despite demands of the ship's Cayman Islands
Shipping Registry, under pressure from the Danish government, that the
vessel remain in port until Captain Paul Watson had signed statements
affirming that he would not enter Faroese waters.

On Tuesday, while the Ocean Warrior was delayed for inspection in the
Shetlands, several Faroese fishing boats herded between 30 and 40 pilot
whales into one of the islands' shallow bays, where they were driven
onto
shore and slaughtered with long machete-like knives.

Unilever, facing increasing public demand to cancel its Faroese fish
contracts since the beginning of Sea Shepherd International's campaign,
has issued a statement that the fish it purchases from the Faroese
fishing fleet represents a small portion of the Faroes' total catch, and
the fishermen from which it buys its fish have attested that they "are
not involved in and not supportive to, any annual whale hunt, slaughter,
or distribution of whales or whale products," hence Unilever "does not
have any direct or indirect involvement" with the slaughter.

"Five major European food distributors - Aldi's, Edeka, Rewe, Tengelmann
and Karstadt - have demonstrated that they have a conscience and
terminated their Faroes seafood contracts," said Sea Shepherd Vice
President Carroll Vogel. "We would be happy to sit down with Unilever
chairman Niall FitzGerald and discuss the selective amnesia of Faroese
fishermen when they are doing business with Unilever, and what
percentage of Unilever's profits it believes may be acceptably soaked in
the blood of whales."

Unilever brand names include Gorton's Seafood, Bird's Eye, Langnese,
Lipton's Tea, Dove soap, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream.

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

Visit Eco.online, http://www.eco-online.conf.au a web site created by
non-governmental organizations to cover the Adelaide IWC meetings.

http://www.helpwhales.com explains (1) how you can send emails and
faxes to support a whale sanctuary, and (2) how you can sign a petition
for a global whale sanctuary.

Go to: http://www.stopwhalingnow.com and protest against Japan and to
http://zope.greenpeace.org/z/ams/g?a=IWC2&s=Whales2&l=English
to express your outrage on the wimpy stand of Ireland and some who went
for Japenese money rather then for real peoples values!

Interested to "meet" the Japanese Whalers with a "hit"?
Go to: http://www.jp-whaling-assn.com/index_eng.htm

Or to bring the "high" HIGH-NORTH-ALLIANCE down ?
Go to: http://www.highnorth.no/

THE TARGET LIST OF SHAME! (regularly updated):

THE TOTAL UGLY:

- JAPAN (Shame, Shame, Shame on you!)
   http://www.jp-whaling-assn.com/index_eng.htm
- The PR company SHANDWICK (aka Shame'nd Wicked)
   http://www.shandwick.com
- NORWAY (Realize that you are just obsessed!
   http://www.highnorth.no
- THE FAROE ISLANDS (You will see it, NOW!)
- DANISH GOVERNMENT (STOP the support to killing in
   your "Protectorate" - listen to Danish People!)
- NETHERLANDS (The people with some of the worst environmental track
records on earth - at home as well as in their former colonies!) NOW
THE DUTCH CONNECTION
PUSHES FOR RENEWED COMMERCIAL WHALING!

Block them, fight them - wherever you find them!

THE UGLY:

- The HIGH NORTH ALLIANCE (from Canada, the Faroe
    Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway)
- RUSSIA (and all Soviet Whalers - STOP the sellout!)
- CHINA (you believe you can continue? -just wait!)
- St. VINCENT & GRENADINES (STOP illegal whaling!)
- DOMINICA (the truth is out - your Governm. is corrupt!)
- ANTIGUA (stand up against Japanese aid threats!)
- NAMIBIA (Stop killing fur seals and harbouring whalers!)
- 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:

- IWC (now openly the whale butcher's society)
- CITES (the trade-negotiators for all the wildlife butchers)
- UNILEVER COMPANY (Unilever brand names include i.a. the Gorton's
Seafood (also from the Faroes), Bird's Eye, Langnese, Lipton's Tea, Dove
soap, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream). DONT BUY!
- 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! 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 - odder?
Or are you afraid of your bank-accounts held Japanese
whaler-wheeler-dealers?)
- World Wildlife Fund (nobody trusts your diplo-words anymore!)
- IUCN / WCMC / UNEP (the smokescreen providers!)
- IRELAND (are you guys loosing your spirit?)
- All other Countries, who do not stop the others to kill whales!

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

IMPROVE or LEAVE IWC:
- 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 us go all and get the whalers!)
- Greenpeace Intl. (congratulations on your strong stand)
- Greenpeace Germany
- International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
- ECOTERRA Intl.
- Environmental Investigtion Agency (EIA)
- AgA International
- The Ocean Mammal Institute
- The Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society (WDCS)
- WDCS GERMANY
- Pro Wildlife Germany
- U.S. Citizens Against Whaling
- 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).
- 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 (REWE, EDEKA, TENGELMANN and now
KARSTADT, who cancelled contracts with the Faroes and/or Danmark in
protest against the Faroe whale massacres.
- The majority PEOPLE of Denmark, Sweden and Norway - but not their
   governments or crazy whalers.

WE CALL FOR ACTIVE GLOBAL DEFENCE
AGAINST ANY WHALER - AND NOW!

ECOTERRA Intl.
Nairobi Node
http://www.ecoterra.net
http://www.ecoterra.org.uk

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