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Greenpeace Pulls Out of Whaling Chase - Southern Ocean

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Environmental group Greenpeace says its anti-whaling ship Esperanza, which has been shadowing Japanese whalers in the Southern Ocean, is running low on fuel and will return to port.


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Chrissy N (118)
Saturday January 26, 2008, 11:38 pm
I really have lost faith in Greenpeace now. if they had worked together with the Sea Shepherd/Steve Irwin, they could have taken turns to return to port to refuel. Sadly disappointed.

Past Member (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 12:31 am
why wouldn't they Chrissy? I heard something. Greenpeace kept me abreast of what was up with e-mails. They spelledd out how much it cost to keep it fueled.

Chrissy N (118)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 1:11 am
It appears that they don't want hands on protesting, preferring to keep an eye on what's happening and being diplomatic. Whereas Sea Shepherd and Steve Irwin want confrontation, which is what has stopped the hunting so far.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 2:59 am
Noted with thanks Chrissy
Captain Paul Watson of the Sea Shepherd is on my list of friends on myspace and here is what he has to say about this in his blog. Blogs - Greenpeace Protects Japanese Whalers from Sea Shepherd - Captain Paul Watson MySpace Blog

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Greenpeace Protects Japanese Whalers from Sea Shepherd

The Greenpeace ship Esperanza has stopped chasing the Japanese whaling factory ship the Nishiin Maru and is heading back to New Zealand.

Sea Shepherd 2nd Officer Peter Hammarstedt called Greenpeace Campaign Leader Karli Thomas on the Esperanza to request the position of the Nishiin Maru. She responded by saying that it was not necessary for Sea Shepherd to have the coordinates for the Niishiin Maru because the Oceanic Viking would continue documenting the activities of the factory ship to carry on the work that Greenpeace has been doing.

In other words, asked Mr. Hammarstedt, "you aren't interested in Sea Shepherd preventing the killing of whales now that you've left?" Ms. Thomas responded by saying that Greenpeace had no intention of cooperating with Sea Shepherd and then hung up.

From the beginning of this campaign, Sea Shepherd has tried to cooperate with Greenpeace. Sea Shepherd provided coordinates to Greenpeace last year for the whalers and provided the coordinates to the catcher boats this year. Sea Shepherd also offered to share the Sea Shepherd helicopter with Greenpeace. All attempts to cooperate on a united front to protect whales have been rebuffed by Greenpeace.

"I really have to question just what is Greenpeace's motivation in coming down here year after year." Said Captain Paul Watson. "Their campaigns are always more of the same, buzzing about in rubber boats, hanging banners and filming whales being killed. Things have changed dramatically since Sea Shepherd has been intervening. Whales don't die when we show up. Instead the whalers run and they keep running. The whalers have never run from Greenpeace before and they were not running from them this year either. Even the whalers have admitted they have been running from the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin."

What the general public is not aware of is the massive fund-raising advertising campaign that Greenpeace runs every year to raise millions of dollars for a campaign they spend only a fraction of that money on. In addition to television ads Greenpeace has bought the online advertising rights to major newspapers, to Google and other media sites. Whenever anyone clicks on a whale story up pops an ad asking for donations to be sent to Greenpeace.

"This is all well and good," said Captain Paul Watson, "but with the amount of revenue Greenpeace is bringing in why are they leaving for the season? They should get up to the nearest port, fill up their fuel tanks and get back down to the Southern Ocean and continue their campaign. The whalers will be down here for another two months. Plenty of time to refuel and return. But they won't do it. They have their pictures and they have their story and that is fuel enough to generate a fund-raising program for the rest of the year."

If Sea Shepherd had the resources, the Steve Irwin would refuel and return but the annual Sea Shepherd budget of 2 million dollars is very small in comparison to the budget of Greenpeace which is in excess of one hundred million dollars.

"We will do everything we can with the resources we have but I can tell you this," said Captain Watson. "If we had a fraction of the Greenpeace budget we will have two ships down here from the beginning of the whaling season until the end.

The Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin continues to pursue the Japanese Catcher vessels in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The Japanese ship Fukoyoshi Maru No. 2 continues to tail the Steve Irwin to keep the fleet posted on the Steve Irwin's position."

"Because of this spy vessel tailing us we will not be able to close in on the whalers but we can continue to chase them and keep them on the run and if they are running they won't be whaling." Said Captain Watson


Chrissy N (118)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 3:06 am
Kathy, I hope more people read this. so disappointing.

Kathy Chadwell (354)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 3:07 am
For anybody interested in donating to help the Sea Shepherd here is the site.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society - Join and Donate Blogs - Operation Migaloo Gets the Attention of the Japanese Prime Minister - Captain Paul Watson MySp
Saturday, January 26, 2008

Operation Migaloo Gets the Attention of the Japanese Prime Minister

Proof that the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's Operation Migaloo has been an outstanding success has been demonstrated by Japan's Prime Minister Yasuo Fukuda.

For the first time ever the Japanese Prime Minister has raised the question of whaling in the Japanese Diet. He specifically raised the issue of Sea Shepherd's boarding of the Hunter killer boat Yushiin Maru No. 2

"I don't think it's right for the discussions to become emotional especially with the recent violent act against the Japanese research vessel," he said. "Should that lead to more emotionally charged debates, then I feel that that would be very unfortunate.

Until now, the whaling issue has received little media coverage in Japan and leading politicians, let alone the Prime Minister, who rarely discussed it publicly.

"The fact that the Prime Minister referred to Sea Shepherd by name before the elected assembly of Japan has given us a great deal of credibility in this debate." Said Captain Paul Watson. "The mouse has roared and Japan is listening."

The current issue of the Economist stated the following:

On January 22nd Greenpeace, an environmental-lobbying group, wedged a small
inflatable craft between the Nisshin Maru, the Japanese fleet's factory ship, and its refuelling vessel. It managed to delay, but not stop, the operation. This was a minor episode compared with a manoeuvre a week earlier by the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling body. Two protesters boarded one of the Japanese whaling vessels to deliver a letter demanding that the harpooning stop and, say the Japanese, splashed acid about. (editor's note - organic butter acid i.e. rotten butter)

They were detained on the Japanese ship, grabbing headlines worldwide, until an Australian patrol boat returned them to their own ship three days later. More protests seem likely. Paul Watson, captain of the Sea Shepherd ship tracking the whalers, says he is prepared to keep up the chase for weeks. He painted Greenpeace as timid for its failure to prevent refuelling: "Of course it's dangerous. Stopping the whaling fleet is not a game."

The economist also quotes Minoru Morimoto, Japan's commissioner to the International Whaling Commission, who said : "There are enough whales for those who want to watch them and those who want to eat them."

Finally an admission by Japan that the whales are killed for the market and not for "scientific research".

Derek Luxford, a Sydney, Australian shipping lawyer told the Economist that "Australia should resolve the impasse by testing its anti-whaling law before the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea. The alternative, he says, is to allow "vigilante" groups like Sea Shepherd to enforce its law.

Japanese Foreign Minister Masahiko Komura has informed Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean that Australia should take "appropriate action" under national laws against the two Sea Shepherd activists if the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin called at an Australian port.

Captain Watson has responded by saying, "Of course we will be returning to Australia and we are expecting that Australia will take appropriate action against illegal Japanese whaling in the Australian Antarctic Economic Exclusion Zone. If Australia kow-tows to Japan and charges us with piracy, we will make the case into a show trail and a forum to further expose Japan's criminal acts of wildlife poaching."

The January 24, 2008 edition of the Melbourne Age reported that: As the Steve Irwin attempted to catch up with the whaling fleet, its leader, Paul Watson, said Japan was willing to subsidise a highly unpopular whale hunt because the Japanese had their sights set on establishing rights to other Antarctic resources, such as krill fisheries, and subsea oil and gas.

There is a bigger picture emerging over this controversy. Referring to Japanese Foreign Minister Komura's comments about Sea Shepherd, the Economist wrote:

"He may be right. The dispute is souring the air as Australia embarks on talks with Japan about a free-trade agreement. And it complicates the Rudd government's bid to balance Japan against China's growing importance for Australia. Mr Rudd, a Mandarin-speaking China expert, opposed a security pact that Australia's former government signed with Japan last year. Japan will be looking for signs that Australia's concern for the future of the whale is not part of some wider agenda."

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is urging Australians to oppose any talks about a Japanese-Australian Free Trade Agreement unless whaling is prohibited in Australian Territorial waters.

"It is ridiculous for Australia to sign a Free Trade Agreement with a nation that does not recognize Australia's sovereignty over the Antarctic territory and flagrantly disregards an Australian court order barring the killing of whales in that same territory." Said Captain Watson. "The recognition of sovereignty must be a pre-requisite to partnership. Otherwise Australia will simply be a vassal state to Japan. The last time Japan tried to subjugate Australian territory they were defeated. They should not be allowed to triumph with economic power where they failed with military power."

The Asahi Shimbun once described Sea Shepherd as the Samurai conservation organization. "I've always been a great admirer of Japanese culture," said Captain Watson. "I wrote a book called Earthforce that incorporated the strategies of 17th Century writer, poet, artist and sword master Miamoto Musashi. I've called upon Musashi's Book of Five Rings in implementing strategy for this campaign. I think we speak the language that the Japanese understand. Japanese culture admires duty and the word samurai means to serve. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society serves the interests of our clients and our clients are the great whales whose lives we will defend to the death if need be."


. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 11:34 am
I was sorely disappointed that Greenpeace deliberately chose to wait so long to go out in the first place. After signing petitions and sending letters along with many others to plead with Greenpeace to join with Sea Shepherd in their efforts to stop the Japanese whaling, I thought when they set out they would put their political differences aside as the Sea Shepherd did in putting their focus on the whales, first. Now that they are pulling out permanently, I am more disappointed than ever.
Noted with thanks, Chrissy for this post and to you Kathy for the Sea Shepherd information. I have been a supporter of theirs for quite some time now and will certainly continue.

Patricia rommers (33)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 11:43 am
I would rather support "Sea Shepherd" even if they are more aggressive than "Greenpeace" at least "Sea Shepherd" is more direct and less whales are getting killed.

Vijay Tankha (28)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 3:09 pm
So its come down to who's the mightiest and self righteous of them all. Don't these people realize that while they are having ego spats, whales are being slaughtered? How does it matter who does the chasing and who doesn't give the co-ordinates to whom, when you have the means and resources available, its your moral responsibility to fulfil the task you set out to do, especially when you have had so much coverage !

. (0)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 4:34 pm
As long as the whales are not getting killed is what I want and if the Sea Sheperd is making this happen then this is a good thing. I too have been a Greenpeace supporter for years. I just want the killing of the whales stopped. For it saddens me for each one that dies. thank you Chrissy N. noted

Brandy Huston (230)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 5:02 pm
Sadly noted and disappointed thanks Chrissy.

Michelle Neubert (1)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 6:20 pm
thanks for information. i donated to greenpeace based on their whaling activities. will not in the future. very disappointing. i used to have high hopes for nature conservancy years ago, and they too had good advertising and poor actions. too bad.

Michael W (72)
Sunday January 27, 2008, 11:34 pm
Greenpeace gets no more of my money

. (0)
Monday January 28, 2008, 12:12 am
I have been a fan of Captain Watsons Newsletter for a while now. I highly admire his courage and his style. The no nonsense attitude, the lets get this done, no burocratic ,nonsense,behaviour! Go Captain, we need more men like you. This is his email, tell him what you think about it all. But most of all subscribe to the free newsletter. And a few dollars donation probably would go handy too. Ships cost a lot of money. So give it, where it does the most good!


Chrissy N (118)
Monday January 28, 2008, 1:27 am
We need the general public that watches and hears about Greenpeace to hear about this. Leaving the scene is one thing, but to not share co-ordinates!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Past Member (0)
Monday January 28, 2008, 9:54 am

Greenpeace has gotten to the point where, due to their huge annual budget, they identify with the wealthy elite capitalist corporations and governments, not with human and animal rights, since most humans have very little money and animals have none at all.

Money is power and power corrupts. Sea Shepherd is also vegan and Greenpeace is not. Greenpeace is eating the animals they claim to be protecting.

Sea Shepherd is worthy of support.

Greenpeace needs to either stop being as commercial as the whalers and get some humane values, or disband.


Alf I (246)
Monday January 28, 2008, 12:58 pm
Greenpeace have thrown their dummy out of the cot because they weren't getting as much publicity as the Sea Shepherd and hence not as much donations. Simple As!

. (0)
Saturday February 9, 2008, 2:23 am
Alf ,I think you might be right!
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