Return-path: <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Received: from FLO.ORG by VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU (PMDF V4.3-10 #8767) id <01HN2TK56S80000E61@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU>; Wed, 15 Feb 1995 12:15:46 -0500 (EST) Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 12:15:55 -0500 (EST) From: Michael Williamson <WHE_WILLIAM@FLO.ORG> Subject: Info: JAPAN NOT IN BREACH OF TREATY To: whalenet@VMSVAX.SIMMONS.EDU Message-id: <950215121556.34e9@FLO.ORG> Content-transfer-encoding: 7BIT From: SMTP%"MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET" 15-FEB-1995 11:07:39.93 To: WHE_WILLIAM CC: Subj: JAPAN NOT IN BREACH OF TREATY Date: Wed, 15 Feb 1995 11:49:00 UTC Reply-To: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Sender: Marine Mammals Research and Conservation Discussion <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> Comments: Warning -- original Sender: tag was rbaird@SOL.UVIC.CA From: firstname.lastname@example.org Subject: JAPAN NOT IN BREACH OF TREATY X-To: email@example.com To: Multiple recipients of list MARMAM <MARMAM@UVVM.BITNET> JAPAN NOT IN BREACH OF TREATY BUT CONTRARY TO IWC SPIRIT CANBERRA, Feb 15 AAP - Japan's hunting of minke whales in Antarctic waters was contrary to the spirit of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) but did not breach the whaling convention, Australia's whaling commissioner Peter Bridgewater said today. Dr Bridgewater, who also chairs the IWC, said Japan had foreshadowed the killing of 330 minke whales this summer as part of its research program. Japan's program is made possible under article 18 of the convention, which allows IWC members to issue permits to themselves for scientific research. Dr Bridgewater said the Australian government supported the need for scientific research of the world's whale population but believed any research necessary could be done by non-lethal means. Japan and Norway, though, disagreed. "Japan is not doing anything that the convention does not allow," Dr Bridgewater said. "It has not done anything that it has not previously announced and been examined by the commission." But it had ignored the IWC's resolution passed in Mexico last year recommending Japan restructure its research program so that research interests could be addressed with non-lethal methods. "It's certainly going against the spirit of the commission," Dr Bridgewater said. The Australian government last December expressed regret that Japan had decided to continue killing whales as part of its scientific program, stating these actions in the Southern Ocean were of a scale and nature that subverted the intent of the IWC moratorium on commercial whaling. Dr Bridgewater said Australia also made representations to the Japanese government in Tokyo last month in an effort to prevent the killings. Greenpeace activists, operating from the Rainbow Warrior II, have been trying to disrupt Japanese whalers in the newly established international whale sanctuary by placing inflatable boats between the hunters and the whales. Greenpeace claims to have photographed yesterday a fleet of four vessels operating 1,200 km inside the sanctuary. A Greenpeace spokesman said the whalers were hunting openly with the harpoons uncovered, despite the six-week-old international treaty banning commercial hunting of whales in the southern waters. Of the 24 IWC nations with a vote, Japan was the only country to vote against the sanctuary.