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Several update,s about The Sea Shepherd January 08, 2006 2:04 AM

1/06/2006 Canadian Seal Products Disgust Inuit Sealers - Greenland Bans Canadian Seal Pelts The annual Canadian seal slaughter is now being condemned by traditional indigenous sealers. Greenland and Denmark have banned Canadian sealskins from their markets. The Greenland government took the decision to distance the aboriginal Greenland hunt from the Canadian commercial seal hunt. In a comment to the Danish newspaper Politiken, Mr. Aqqaluk Lynge, Chairman of the Inuit Circumpolar Conference, stated, "In contradiction to the Inuit hunters the Newfoundlanders use nature as a slaughterhouse." Canada has long tried to misrepresent the annual seal slaughter as indigenous despite the fact that the aboriginal peoples of Newfoundland, the Beothuks, were completely exterminated by the Newfoundlanders. In recent years, Canada has enlisted the support of Canadian Inuit groups to reluctantly defend the slaughter. The Greenland Inuit are free to criticize the hunt because they have no reason to fear economic reprisals from Ottawa unlike their cousins in Canadian controlled territories. The decision came about due largely to Thor Hjarsen who is a well known Danish conservation biologist. He took the issue to the Danish media. Captain Paul Watson salutes the efforts by Thor Hjarsen and the decision by the Greenleand and Danish governments. He also applauds the Inuit Circumpolar Conference for speaking out against something which has long been an embarrassment to traditional Inuit seal hunters. "The Newfoundlanders and Magdalen Islanders have nothing in common with the Inuit hunters," said Captain Watson. "I do not support any seal hunting but I acknowledge that the Inuit do not indulge in the abject cruelty and the incredible waste that the Canadian hunters proudly wallow in. The Inuit take what they need. The Canadian seal killers want to take it all. The Inuit have some measure of respect for their prey. The Canadian seal killers have demonstrated only disrespect. The Inuit hunt seals whereas the Canadians exterminate them." Over the past two years, Canada has exported more than 90,000 sealskins to Greenland. Many Danish citizens purchase sealskin garments believing they are supporting the Greenland Inuit sealers by doing so. But today, well over one third of all the sealskins on the Greenland market originate in Canada. What this means is a significant revenue loss for the Canadian sealing industry, and therefore, this decision by Greenland and Denmark is an important milestone in the international boycott against Canadian fish and seal products.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 08, 2006 2:04 AM

01/05/2006 Reprieve for the Sturgeons – Worldwide Ban on Wild Caviar Imposed It is wonderful to start the New Year off with great news. Not only are the Japanese whaling ships still on the run, but an issue that Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has been working on for years has just resulted in a stupendous victory. Since the early Eighties, Sea Shepherd has been campaigning against the international trade in caviar in defense of the rapidly diminished populations of sturgeons. One edition of our newsletter, the Sea Shepherd Log #53 (Winter 1999-2000), was totally dedicated to this campaign. We worked with international experts on ways to expose the illegalities of a criminal operation that not only threatened numerous species of fish but also was the cause for murder, bombings, and arson. Because of the highly lucrative profits from the illegal trade, caviar became as violent a trade as the international trade in narcotics. Sea Shepherd also worked towards the imposition of tougher sentencing for sturgeon poachers and caviar smugglers. The great news reported by the New Scientist on January 3rd is that the worldwide trade in wild caviar has been banned. The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) made the decision after nine major caviar exporting countries failed to provide evidence on the sustainability of their sturgeon populations. The legal worldwide trade in caviar has been worth approximately $100 million per year. The illegal trade is estimated to have been over $300 million per year. CITES is confident that the ban is enforceable with heavy trade sanctions to be imposed on any nation that ignores the ban. If all caviar is banned, it will be difficult to slip black market caviar into a market that no longer exists. The ban does not affect caviar produced from farmed sturgeons. This is a comparatively small industry but is expected to grow with the enforcement of the ban on wild caviar. However, farm-raised caviar is less valued and less in demand, but these factors may increase with the unavailability of wild caviar. Sea Shepherd had warned of serious declines in sturgeon populations in the late Nineties and CITES reported a 30% decline in 2004. The exporting nations of Russia, Iran, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan, Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia-Montenegro, and Ukraine proposed lower quotas for 2006 than for previous years, but CITES decided the science behind their projected 2006 quotas did not bear up under scrutiny. CITES reported that the caviar-producing nations had failed to consider the impact of the illegal exploitation of sturgeon on population sustainability. In 2005, CITES allowed 71,000 kilograms of wild caviar to be exported by producers. The European Union alone seized 12,000 kilograms of black market caviar during the last five years according to TRAFFIC the worldwide monitoring network.  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 08, 2006 2:05 AM

01/07/2006 Sea Shepherd Being Monitored by the Office of U.S. Naval Intelligence It appears that saving whales is a threat to national security. The following is a posting from the United States Office of Naval Intelligence: 04 Jan 06 OFFFICE OF NAVAL INTELLIGENCE CIVIL MARITIME ANALYSIS DEPARTMENT WORLDWIDE THREAT TO SHIPPING MARINER WARNING INFORMATION. . . N. ENVIRONMENTAL AND ECONOMIC NON-STATE ACTIVIST GROUPS: 1. GREENPEACE - SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY - INSTITUTE OF CETACEAN RESEARCH - ANTARCTIC WHALING: According to the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research, the Greenpeace vessels (ESPERANZA)and (ARCTIC SUNRISE) and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel (FARLEY MOWAT) follow and attempt to impede Japan’s whale research efforts in the Antarctic as of 21 Dec. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s web site describes a near collision between the (FARLEY MOWAT) and Japanese Research vessel (NISSHIN MARU) on 24 Dec in the vicinity of 62:55S 136:38E. Greenpeace rejects the claims made by Japan that its members are disregarding the laws of the sea as they trail the Japanese whalers, and denies claims they are working in conjunction with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The Institute of Cetacean Research claims the fleet of six Japanese research vessels are operating under special permit in the Antarctic. ONI NOTE: Supporters of the Japanese projects are implying that Greenpeace and the Sea Shepherd Organization are acting in concert. ONI sees no evidence for this despite the fact that the current high-profile Japanese expedition has drawn the attention of both groups (GP, Institute of Cetacean Research, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, ONI). It is interesting that the United States government does not officially recognize the whaling operations of Japan as legal yet the memo describes the Nisshin Maru as a research ship. Greenpeace may not be working with the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society but the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is working with Greenpeace. “They are down here opposing illegal whaling,” said Captain Paul Watson. “And we are down here opposing illegal whaling. We are down here together, working towards the same objective. I would say we are working together.” The question must be asked. Why is the U.S. Naval Intelligence office concerned with an issue that does not involve a U.S. ship in an area about as far from the United States as one can possibly get? The Japanese whalers have attempted to ram both Greenpeace and Sea Shepherd ships yet that is not considered to be of any concern. The Japanese whalers have attacked Greenpeace crew with water cannons and struck Greenpeace crew with poles yet that does not seem to be a concern. The Japanese whalers have warned that if the whalers injure any protestors, it will be the fault of the protestors. This implies a threat yet there does not seem to be any concern. Not one politician representing a government from the U.S., Australia, Canada, or New Zealand has condemned Japan’s threats or Japan’s actions. What is going on here? These nations have policies that oppose what Japan is doing. Why are they defending illegal Japanese whaling? In Australia the Green Party has demanded that the government of John Howard intervenes to inquire against a claim by Japanese whalers that protestors are being monitored by the Office of Naval Intelligence. As incredible as it seems, the Japanese whalers that are down in Antarctic waters conducting a blatantly illegal slaughter of whales are complaining to governments like Australia and the United States and accusing the people trying to stop their illegal activities of piracy. And Australia and the United States are both giving credence to the complaints of this criminal nation. Is there no limit to the hypocrisy of these politicians and bureaucrats?  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Pictures from The Sea Shepherd January 08, 2006 2:10 AM  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
 January 08, 2006 2:11 AM

01/07/2006 Sea Shepherd Scares Off Japanese Whaling Fleet No Whales Will Be Killed While the Chase is On At 0800 Hours on January 8, 2005 (Australian Western Standard Time) the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society’s flagship Farley Mowat arrived at the position where the Japanese whaling fleet is operating - 36 nautical miles inside the Australian Antarctic Territory. The conservation organization campaign to save whales began on December 9th, 2005, when the Farley Mowat departed Melbourne, Australia, headed for the Antarctic Southern Ocean to stop Japanese whalers from killing whales. Today, when Sea Shepherd came upon the whale processing ship Nisshin Maru, the Japanese ship was accompanied by a large tanker, the Oriental Bluebird, and was waiting for the harpoon vessels (the catcher ships) to return. The Farley Mowat dispatched three inflatables and a helicopter to catch up with the Nisshin Maru in advance. When the Farley Mowat came within a half a nautical mile of the Japanese factory ship, the whalers began to run at full speed northward. Presently, the Farley Mowat is in pursuit. The Farley Mowat is not as fast as the Nisshin Maru but can keep the Japanese on the run for at least the rest of the day to prevent them from transferring any dead whales from the harpoon vessels. Those catcher ships will not kill any whales when they know they cannot reach their mother ship. On Christmas day (Australian Time), the Farley Mowat intercepted the Nisshin Maru for the first time. During this confrontation, the whaling ship turned and purposefully headed on a collision course with the conservation ship. Captain Paul Watson, founder and president of Sea Shepherd, ordered his crew to deploy a mooring line, and when the Nisshin Maru saw this, they backed off to avoid their propeller from being fouled. The Japanese whaling operation is in violation of many international laws and regulations, including: • Violating the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. • They are violating the International Whaling Commission (IWC) moratorium on commercial whaling. • They are targeting endangered fin and humpback whales that are protected under the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora. (CITES). • The Japanese are also in violation of the Australian laws protecting the Australian Antarctic Territorial waters. • They are violating the IWC moratorium on the use of factory ships to process any protected stock which includes the whales they are hunting – minke and fin whales. Later this same day, Captain Watson reported from onboard the Farley Mowat: "They have been running all day and they have not been whaling. The whalers are now 17 miles outside of the Australia Antarctic Territory. We ordered them to leave, and they left." The Farley Mowat continues to pursue them. The last time the Farley Mowat intercepted the Japanese whaling fleet, the whalers fled westward for 11 days and covered over 3,000 miles. They went from the extreme east end of the whaling area to the extreme west end of the area. When the Farley Mowat arrived in the morning, it appeared that the factory ship was off-loading whale meat to the Panamanian registered vessel Oriental Bluebird. "There are sushi bars in Tokyo in desperate need of these 'research materials'," said Captain Watson. "It appears they can't wait for the whaling fleet to return in March." Sea Shepherd Conservation Society regards this whale slaughter as an international crime against nature and humanity. The bottom line - no whaling today and the whalers are on the run once again. Love from Annie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
Please cross post January 08, 2006 2:14 AM

Show the hole world what Japan is doing right now, they must know that whe are regardent them!!!! Thank you very much for your attention, love from Annie  [ send green star]  [ accepted]
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