8 C
Byron Shire
August 6, 2021

Sea Shepherd welcomes end to Southern Ocean Whaling

Latest News

Bravo Mungo

Robert Gibson, Byron Bay Mungo’s Crossword last week was, for me, both challenging and charming. Echos of the great man’s wit...

Other News

More than a missed gig: cancelled Bluesfest 2021 equivalent to nearly 900 job losses

Bluesfest Director Peter Noble says data analysis shows this year’s last-minute festival cancelation due to pandemic public health orders cost the Australian economy more than $225 million.

The right decision

Magenta Appel-Pye, Mullumbimby I would like to say ‘congratulations!’ to musician Lisa Hunt, but really, for what? It was a relief...

What are the supplements you take really doing to your health?

Sales of complementary medicines have been driven up by COVID fears, but Immune-boosting claims for them are doing more harm than good.

Tweed Council ask State Government to pay for Wardrop Village business case

Tweed Shire Council will write to the State Government to ask them to pay for the Wardrop Community Village business case that is aimed at supplying affordable, local eco-housing.

Climate change duty of care campaigners risk jail

Environmental activists say a 48-year-old Lismore nurse will face court on Wednesday in Canberra over protest stunts at the Australian Petroleum Production and Exploration Association's headquarters.

South East Queensland lockdown continues for another five days

Queensland Health has issued a statement that says the current lockdown in South East Queensland will continue for another five days as a precaution following new cases in the state.

Sea Shepherd vessel moored off Byron Bay. Photo Jeff Dawson

Sea Shepherd says its objective of ending the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary has been realised following the announcement that Japan is to quit the International Whaling Commission. The group is calling it ‘a victory for the campaign to make the Southern Ocean a whaling free zone’.

Since 2002, Sea Shepherd has opposed Japanese whaling operations in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary with expeditions to Antarctic waters first in 2002 followed by continuous campaigns from 2005 until 2017.

‘During this period over 6,000 whales were saved from the harpoons of Japanese commercial whalers posing as research whalers by Sea Shepherd interventions,’ the group said in a Boxing Day media statement.

‘In 2017, the Japanese government began to invest millions of dollars in security efforts to prevent Sea Shepherd from engaging their fleets. These security measures included military grade real time surveillance.

‘Although this prevented Sea Shepherd from returning to the Southern Ocean in 2018, it also placed Japan in a position of expending huge resources on continuous security.

‘In other words, the cost of preventing Sea Shepherd intervention became very expensive.

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson. (file pic)

Sea Shepherd’s Captain Paul Watson said that this ‘and the verdict of the International Court of Justice that exposed Japanese research as fraudulent’, coupled with worldwide condemnation of their Southern Ocean activities had ‘led to this decision to declare they will openly undertake commercial whaling activities’.

‘The scheme to pose as researchers will now be dropped and that means there can be absolutely no justification for hunting whales in an internationally established whale sanctuary. This will be the last year of Japanese whaling activities in the Southern Ocean,’ he said.

He believes that if Japan decides to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), as it has proposed to do, ‘it will allow the IWC to pass the motion to establish the South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary thus effectively ending whaling in the Southern Hemisphere’.

‘Japan will now join Norway and Iceland as rogue outlaw whaling nations in the North Pacific and the North Atlantic.

‘The Whale Wars in the Southern Ocean will soon be over. The focus now must be the Northern Hemisphere.

‘Sea Shepherd welcomes this announcement by Japan and views it as a positive development.

‘We are delighted to see the end of whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. We are delighted that we will soon have a South Atlantic Whale Sanctuary and we look forward to continuing to oppose the three remaining pirate whaling nations of Norway, Japan and Iceland. Whaling as a “legal” industry has ended. All that remains is to mop up the pirates,’ Captain Paul Watson said.

 


Support The Echo

Keeping the community together and the community voice loud and clear is what The Echo is about. More than ever we need your help to keep this voice alive and thriving in the community.

Like all businesses we are struggling to keep food on the table of all our local and hard working journalists, artists, sales, delivery and drudges who keep the news coming out to you both in the newspaper and online. If you can spare a few dollars a week – or maybe more – we would appreciate all the support you are able to give to keep the voice of independent, local journalism alive.

4 COMMENTS

  1. ‘Set a thief to catch a thief’…the likes of Paul Watson, self-proclaimed ‘Admiral’ to be gloathingly rubbing his hands is ironic. He’s a man still with several outstanding international arrest warrants due to his wilful disregard for various countries’ laws. Safely secured in some out-of-the-way hideout, he’s grabbing all the air time he can before the law catches up with him.

  2. The Dalai Lama sent a monk to give Captain Paul Watson a Buddha statue. Many years later when Paul had a personal meeting with the Dalai Lama, Paul did raise the apparent contradiction of the gift with his activities of ramming unlawful whalers and sinking their boats in ports, and the Dalai Lama responded that the Buddha Image that he’d sent to Paul was the Buddha aspect of “waking people up”.
    I suspect that the close of Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is significantly due to the work of Sea Shepherd. Through trials and tribulations, aimed at both shutting down Sea Shepherd and eliminating Paul Watson, their work continued, and I join in with the whales and praise them and thank them.
    Go Sea Shepherd!!!

  3. When the going gets rough… the Dalai Lama responds with a Buddha ‘wake up’ via
    the Sea Shepherd’s Captain. We also call it ‘drawing the donkey’s attention’. We do
    have a lot of these around unfortunately. Go Shepherd! The whales know what’s
    right about the wrongs.

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

One sided

Rachael Terry, South Golden Beach I am really shocked and disappointed at the one-sidedness of The Echo reporting on the COVID-19 vaccination debate. Any dissenters...

Paradise lost?

Hugh Ermacora, Byron Bay ‘Take your masks off!’ yelled the young scruff at my companion and me, as he speared his skateboard between our coffee table...

Dunoon Dam

Nan Nicholson, The Channon Being a Rous County councillor must be a hard job. The workload of reading reports must be enormous and keeping communities informed...

Nature-based intervention on offer for at-risk young people

As the trickledown effects of COVID-19 continue to hit our most vulnerable, not-for-profit groups are saying they are overwhelmed.