Friday, February 18, 2011

The truth about Japan calling off the whale hunt, from the Institute of Cetacean Research - ICR


JARPA II research vessels to return home
Today, after careful consideration to the situation in the Antarctic and consultation with the
Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), the Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries of
Japan announced withdrawal of the research activities based on the Second Phase of
Japan’s Whale Research Program under Special Permit in the Antarctic (JARPAII) for this
season, in order to avoid any injury or threat to life of the crew members and property of
the fleet caused by the continued illegal attacks and sabotage by Sea Shepherd
Conservation Society (SSCS).
JARPAII is a perfectly legal activity carried out under the International Convention for the
Regulation of Whaling (ICRW). The ICR strongly condemns the SSCS and its continued
dangerous and violent actions against Japan’s whale research vessels in the Antarctic.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has condemned SSCS’s tactics against
Japan’s whale research vessels. In 2008 the IWC member countries adopted by consensus a
statement which calls on Sea Shepherd “to refrain from dangerous actions that jeopardize
safety at sea” regardless of different positions of countries on whaling.
This issue is not about whaling, but about the safety and violent activities at Sea.
The Dutch and Australian Governments could not stop violent activities of the SSCS while
they register SSCS vessels under their flags.
Also today, the Australian and New Zealand Governments officially welcomed the
decision by the Government of Japan to withdraw the JARPAII research vessels for this
season without condemning the extremely dangerous activities of the SSCS.
In this regard, the ICR cannot help deeming with regret that these countries are
encouraging so-called “eco-terrorism”, by their actions of condoning illegal activities of
the SSCS and of welcoming the results of such activities.
Once more again we request that Australia, New Zealand, the Netherlands behave earnestly
and according to their obligations as members of the international society and fulfill their
duties under international law to deal with the SSCS criminal actions in a strict and
objective manner.
NOTE: Photos and video to be attributed to the Institute of Cetacean Research
Japan’s research whaling in the Antarctic is producing objective results

18 February 2011

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Well that´s good that Dutch and Australia are ignoring the Japanese.Tell you about the Japs,you wave at them & they wanna charge you for assult.