[WILD_SEAS] 15 NATIONS SAY: STOP Japan!

From: wildnet@ecoterra.net
Date: Mon Aug 21 2000 - 17:30:24 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. 15 NATIONS say: JAPAN STOP Whaling!
2. The Push for Sanctions against JAPAN
3. KURSK - a floating Chernobyl

TARGET LIST UPDATE ( - see all at the end of todays news)
BOYCOTT JAPAN IN TOTAL !!!!
BOYCOTT RUSSIA !
BOYCOTT UNILEVER (Unilever brand names include Gorton's Seafood, Bird's
Eye, Langnese, Lipton's Tea, Dove soap, and Ben & Jerry's ice cream -
repotedly contaminated anyway.)
SLOW DOWN THE BOYCOTT OF THE NETHERLANDS !
(But let us see first more if the Dutch connection ceased.)

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1.

15 nations ask Japan to stop research whaling
Monday, August 21, 2000

Representatives of 15 countries have urged Japan, the world’s largest
consumer of whale meat, to halt its research whaling, Kyodo News Agency
reported today.
Japan has drawn fire from non-whaling nations and conservationist groups
for killing hundreds of minke whales each year.
Whale meat has become gourmet food in Japan in the last decade or so, as
prices have risen in line with falling supplies after an international
moratorium on whaling took effect in 1986.
Kyodo quoted the group’s leader, the Irish ambassador to Japan, Declan
O’Donovan, as asking Foreign Ministry officials that Japan refrain from
whaling in the northern Pacific and in the Southern Ocean sanctuary, in
line with resolutions of the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
A Foreign Ministry official replied that Japan’s current whaling program
follows that of the international whaling convention and that he would
convey the group’s request and concerns to all government sections
involved, Kyodo said.
The group included representatives of the Netherlands, New Zealand,
Austria, Brazil, Britain, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico,
Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States, it said.

Last month, a whaling fleet departed for a Pacific hunt to take minke
whales, which were hunted without a break even when whales were at their
most protected.
The fleet will also seek out the larger Bryde’s and the huge sperm
whale, which have been safe from harpoons for years.
The IWC says minke whales are no longer endangered, but debate simmers
over the numbers of Bryde’s and sperm whales.
Japan gave up commercial whaling in compliance with the 1986 ban but has
carried out what it calls “scientific research” whaling since 1987.
At an IWC meeting in Adelaide last month, Japan and Norway blocked an
attempt to establish an ocean sanctuary to protect whale breeding
grounds in the South Pacific.
In 1965, Japan caught a record 22,000 whales in coastal and Antarctic
waters. The number fell to 2,700 by 1987, partly as a result of quotas
set by the IWC and partly because of the availability of cheaper sources
of protein.

SOURCE: REUTERS

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2.
SUBJECT: ONE MORE PUSH FOR SANCTIONS !

Now , JAPAN really killed her !

Conservation Organizations urged the Clinton administration since Aug.10
to immediately impose economic sanctions against Japan after
a report that a whale from an endangered species had been killed.

"There is no longer any reason for the United States to delay action,"
said many. "President Clinton should impose sanctions immediately to
avoid further killing."

A Japanese fishing newspaper reported the first killing
of a Bryde's whale in more than 10 years at the start of Japan's
expanded hunt, which began in the northwest Pacific July 29.

It said Japan's decision to expand the hunt to include sperm and
Bryde's whales ignored appeals from Clinton, British Prime Minister
Tony Blair, other world leaders and environment groups.

Japan exploits this loophole to sell whale meat on its domestic market,
where it is a delicacy. Six Japanese whaling ships are hunting 160 minke
as well as 50 Bryde's and 10 sperm whales. It is the first time Japan
has hunted Bryde's and sperm whales since 1987.

Japan maintains that sperm and Bryde's whales are now populous enough
to be hunted commercially, but the environment groups say there isn't
enough information to justify the Japanese claim.

Secretary of State Madeline Albright told the Japanese last week the
United States was deeply troubled by their decision to expand the
hunt. She said the United States would not hesitate to impose
penalties.

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3.
Chernobyl In Slow Motion' Seen In Barents Sea

MOSCOW (AFP & ECO) - Part of the Barents Sea, where last-ditch rescue
attempts failed and the 118 men crew of the Russian submarine Kursk
died, is at risk of becoming a "Chernobyl in slow motion," according to
the Norwegian environmental protection group Bellona.

The Kursk, believed to have been damaged by an explosion or collision 10
days ago, is one of several dozen nuclear-powered submarines -- many of
them now abandoned -- based on the Kola peninsula where the Russian
Northern Fleet is headquartered.

According to the Bellona Foundation, more than 18 percent of the world's

total stock of nuclear reactors is located near fleet's main area of
operations and most of them are in a poor state of maintenance. The
Russian Northern Fleet operates 67 nuclear submarines with a total of
115 reactors between them, plus two nuclear-powered battle cruisers
which each have two reactors.

In addition it has 52 submarines with a total of 101 reactors which have

been retired from service but still contain their nuclear fuel, Bellona
said. There are a total of 240 nuclear reactors in the Kola
peninsula/Severodvinsk region on the White Sea, the greatest
concentration of reactors in the world. Of these, 236 are naval reactors
on board submarines and ships, and four are land-based reactors at the
Kola nuclear power station.

In a report published in 1996, Bellona said the Northern Fleet --
founded
in 1899 -- has a total of 270 nuclear reactors in service or in storage.

Many of these are located at or near Russia's seven naval bases on the
Kola peninsula, which borders the Barents Sea.

Waste from an additional 90 reactor cores are stored under what Bellona
describes as unsafe conditions at Zapadnaya Litsa. Eighteen reactor
cores are stored under similar conditions on storage ships and barges.
Overall, according to Bellona, more than 30,000 cubic meters of solid
nuclear waste and 7,000 cubic meters of liquid nuclear waste is
stockpiled in the region.

The report was co-written by a former Russian naval captain, Alexander
Nikitin, who was subsequently charged with espionage by the Russian
military authorities but acquitted.

Bellona warned that without international cooperation and financing to
deal with the nuclear danger in the region, a situation could arise that
it
described as "Chernobyl in slow motion" -- a reference to the 1986
nuclear disaster in Ukraine.

The two nuclear reactors aboard the Kursk have been shut down and "made
safe," according to Russian naval authorities. However a leading Russian
ecologist said Wednesday that the reactors still posed a threat. Alexei
Yablokov, former head of the advisory Security Council's environmental
commission, said the breakdown in the submarine's power supplies meant
that the reactors could not be cooled down, and that "there could be
problems, even an explosion."

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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
- RUSSIA (STOP all Soviet Whalers - STOP the nuclear garbage and Stop
the sellout of your great nation!)
- THE FAROE ISLANDS (You will see it, NOW!)
- DANISH GOVERNMENT (STOP the support to killing in
   your "Protectorate" - listen to Danish People!)

Block them, fight them - wherever you find them!

THE UGLY:
- 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 GOVERNMENT ASKS JAPAN TO STOP, BUT HAS THE DUTCH CONNECTION
ABANDONED THEIR PUSH FOR RENEWED COMMERCIAL WHALING? -
- The HIGH NORTH ALLIANCE (from Canada, the Faroe
    Islands, Greenland, Iceland and Norway)
- 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!)
- World Wildlife Fund (nobody trusts your diplo-words anymore!)
- IUCN / WCMC / UNEP (the smokescreen providers!)

The group asking Japan now to stop included representatives of the
Netherlands, New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Britain, Finland, France,
Germany, Italy, Mexico, Monaco, Sweden, Switzerland and the United
States. Let us applaud them, but let us not forget so quickly:
- 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?)
- 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)
- Germany shows has one of the best track records against whaling!
- 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 (yet) or crazy whalers.

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  Please click the following , WATCH, and LISTEN to
   whale mother and her child's desperate plea :

<http://www.usagainstwhaling.org/whales.htm>

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AGAINST ANY WHALER - AND NOW!

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