From: MX%"email@example.com" 27-OCT-1994 16:20:40.39 To: MWILLIAMSON CC: Subj: Whale Sanctuary Threateneed Return-Path: <firstname.lastname@example.org> Received: from mail.igc.apc.org by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (MX V3.1C) with SMTP; Thu, 27 Oct 1994 16:11:49 EDT Received: from igc.apc.org (igc.apc.org [220.127.116.11]) by mail.igc.apc.org (8.6.9/Revision: 1.50 ) with SMTP id JAA09024 for <email@example.com>; Mon, 24 Oct 1994 09:32:54 -0700 Received: (from gtrujillo@localhost) by igc.apc.org (8.6.9/Revision: 1.181 ) id JAA19810; Mon, 24 Oct 1994 09:32:53 -0700 Date: Mon, 24 Oct 1994 09:32:53 -0700 From: Gary Trujillo <firstname.lastname@example.org> Message-ID: <199410241632.JAA19810@igc.apc.org> To: email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: Whale Sanctuary Threateneed /* Written 2:24 PM Jul 5, 1994 by antarctica in igc:env.marine */ /* ---------- "Whale Sanctuary Threateneed" ---------- */ THE ANTARCTICA PROJECT further information: PRESS RELEASE Charles Webb WASHINGTON, D.C., July 5, 1994 ph.: 202-544-0236 fax: 202-544-8483 Japan to file an objection against the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary Japan has indicated that it will table a formal objection against the International Whaling Commission's (IWC) decision to establish a whale sanctuary in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica. According to Japanese government sources, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, which overseas Japan's "scientific" whaling program, has concluded that "the sanctuary decision has no scientific evidence." If approved by other relevant ministries and the cabinet, the objection will exempt Japan from observing the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. This would allow Japan to continue its scientific whaling program, and increase the possibility of commercial whaling in the Southern Ocean. Japan has claimed that it could slaughter up to 4,000 Antarctic minke whales annually without impacting the population. The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was adopted on May 26th at the IWC's 46th Annual Meeting. The IWC voted 23 to 1 in favor of the sanctuary, with Japan casting the only negative vote. If properly implemented, the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary would close the Antarctic (where over 1.5 million whales have been killed this century) to any future resumption of commercial whaling, providing whale populations a chance to recover. It would also offer scientists a unique opportunity to study the effects of ozone depletion and global warming on whale populations. Please write to Mr. Eijiro Hata, Minister of International Trade and Industry, MITI, 1-3-1 Kasumigaseki 1-chome, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100, Japan. Let him know that you plan to boycott all Japanese products until Japan announces its formal recognition of, and unconditional support for the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Send a copy of your letter to: Mr. Taichiro Okawara, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, 1-2-1 Kasumigaseki, Chiyoda- ku, Tokyo 100, Japan. Letters are needed now, as we only have a few weeks to influence the Japanese decision.