[WILD_SEAS] Japanese Government is Killing Whales; US threatens to retaliate

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Wed Aug 09 2000 - 11:41:10 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!

1. Japanese Government is Killing Whales
2. U.S. threatens retaliation over Japan whale hunt

TARGET LIST UPDATE ( - see all at the end of todays news)
BOYCOTT JAPAN IN TOTAL !!!!
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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Japanese Government is Killing Whales
Call to support ocean-alert campaign <ocean-alert@dccmc.org>

On July 29, four Japanese ships headed into the North
Pacific Ocean with plans to kill 100 whales. Please help
the Center for Marine Conservation (CMC) deliver a strong
message to the Japanese Embassy condemning this action.

CMC will be holding a peaceful protest demonstration in
front of the Japanese Embassy in Washington DC August 22nd.
 Please respond to this alert and add your name to the list
of thousands who object to commercial and "scientific"
whaling we will be presenting to the Embassy. If you live
in the Washington, DC area please join us and help send a
strong message to the Japanese Government that so-called
"scientific" whaling is wrong and must be stopped
immediately.

Japanese whaling is underway despite strong objections from
the International Whaling Convention (IWC) and the
governments of 19 nations, including the United States,
United Kingdom, and New Zealand. In addition to the minke
whales the Japanese have been killing for "scientific
research" since the 1986 global moratorium against whaling,
this year's hunt will target sperm whales and Bryde's
whales, both of which are protected by the U.S. Endangered
Species Act.

"Scientific" Whaling

Japan insists it must kill whales in order to gather
information about their habitat, population, diet and
migration patterns. The IWC and members of the scientific
community, however, maintain that there are non-lethal means
of collecting this information. In addition, the meat from
whales killed in these "scientific" hunts will end up for
sale in Japanese markets and restaurants. Japan is
determined to bring about a return to commercial whaling on
a global scale despite wide-spread opposition.

By responding to this alert you will be lending your name to
our effort to make the Japanese government stop its whaling.
 For this alert please do not edit the message below. If
you live in the Washington, DC area please take time to join
us in front of the Japanese Embassy, on Tuesday, August 22
from 8-10 am for a peaceful demonstration in protest of
Japan's lethal "scientific" whaling and attempts to end the
moratorium against commercial whaling. Let us know if you
can participate in this important event by sending a message
to ocean-alert@dccmc.org. We will send you back a message
with directions and additional information.

Thank you for your help.

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INSTRUCTIONS TO RESPOND VIA EMAIL:
Just edit the letter below as you wish. You must include the whole
letter in your response including. Please add your name and address to
your letter. Send it to <ocean-alert@dccmc.org>.

We STRONGLY encourage you to make edits directly to our sample letter
below, and put the alert talking points into your own words. An
individualized letter is worth ten computer generated letters. Of
course, hundreds of unedited letters will still create a large impact,
so please reply even if you don't have time to personalize the letter.

Your letter will be addressed and sent to:
President Roger Rufe

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Please include my name among those who object to Japan's
"scientific" whaling and the Japanese government's efforts
to end the moratorium on commercial whaling.

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U.S. threatens retaliation over Japan whale hunt
USA : August 7, 2000

WASHINGTON - The United States said it was prepared to retaliate against
Japan with “very strong” measures if Tokyo pressed ahead with a hotly
contested whale hunt in the north Pacific.
Over objections from the United States, Britain and leading
environmental groups, Japan told Washington last week it would hunt
large sperm and Bryde’s whales, two species protected under U.S. law.
The Japanese already hunt the minke whale.
“We have sent the Japanese a message. We will take very strong action if
we find that they are in fact taking sperm and Bryde’s whales,” Commerce
Secretary Norman Mineta told Reuters after a speech on Thursday evening.

U.S. officials have said Washington could impose trade sanctions against
Japanese fishery products and other goods if any of the protected whales
are slaughtered. Mineta said the Japanese whaling fleet was being
closely monitored.
Mineta said the U.S. ambassador to Japan, Thomas Foley, delivered his
stern warning to Tokyo on Monday.
Japan gave up commercial whaling in compliance with an international
moratorium in 1986 but has engaged in research whaling since 1987.
The practice has drawn fire from the World Wildlife Fund and
anti-whaling nations, who see Japanese research as an end-run around the
moratorium because the flesh ends up in the market for human
consumption. Japan is the largest consumer of whale meat in the world.
Japan’s decision to expand the hunt to include Bryde’s and sperm whales
outraged the United States and other members of the International
Whaling Commission, which passed a resolution urging Japan not to
proceed.
According to U.S. officials, no nation has hunted these whale species
since 1987, one year after the international moratorium took effect.
Both are protected under the U.S. Marine Mammal Protection Act, and the
sperm whale is listed as an endangered species.
Despite appeals last week by President Bill Clinton and British Prime
Minister Tony Blair, the Japanese fleet set out on Saturday for the
northwestern Pacific with the goal of hunting 160 minke as well as 50
Bryde’s and 10 sperm whales.
Japan’s Fisheries Agency said the hunt was being conducted to gather
information on the habitat, diet and migration patterns of the whales.
The agency said whales will be killed and their meat sold to local
markets, arguing that Bryde’s and sperm populations have recovered, so
hunting can resume.
The United States opposes all commercial whaling, and has urged Japan to
find other, nonlethal ways to conduct research.
Under U.S. law, Mineta will review Japanese actions and make
recommendations to the president, who could impose trade sanctions or
other retaliatory measures.
Mineta, a former California congressman sworn as Commerce Secretary last
month, is Japanese American. He was detained in an internment camp in
Wyoming as a child during World War II.
Story by Adam Entous
REUTERS NEWS SERVICE

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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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