SF Bay Area Indymedia indymedia
About Contact Subscribe Calendar Publish Print Donate

International | Animal Liberation | Environment & Forest Defense | Front Page

Sat Mar 12 2011 Sea Shepherd Activists Succeed in Stopping Japanese Whaling This Season
The End of Commercial Whaling in the Southern Ocean? At a news conference on February 18th, 2011, Japanese Fisheries minister Michihiko Kano stated they will suspend their "research" whaling because the Sea Shepherd activists had succeeded in their attempts to harass those who hunt and kill whales in the Antarctic region. They Japanese have said it has become increasingly difficult to secure the safety of their crew and ships while whaling.

"The whale war in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is over. The whales have won!" announced Captain Paul Watson from the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin on February 19th. The Nisshin Maru whaling factory ship made a pivotal course change north, as the Japanese Fisheries Agency announced that the whaling fleet had been recalled for this season. The Japanese whaling fleet, engaged in commercial whaling under the guise of scientific research, has had an extremely poor season being constantly harassed and prevented from whaling in all but a few days. The whaling fleet hadn't even left Japan until early December, much later than usual.

Prior to the end of this year's hunt, it was revealed in a recent Wikileaks release that the director general of Japan’s fisheries agency, Katsuhiro Machida and others actively pushed for the US to take action against Sea Shepherd in order to help stop the disruption of Japan’s annual whale hunt. The US representative to the International Whaling Committee, Monica Medina, tried to convince the European Union and Australia to except a deal that would legalize Japanese whaling. In contrast to Medina’s support of Japanese whaling she expressed ‘‘deep disappointment’’ in Iceland for failing to end whale hunting.

Read More | Japanese suspend their illegal whaling! | Japanese Whaling

Previous Related Indybay Feature: Paul Watson: We Need to Stop Eating the Oceans

03/26/15 Statewide Actions To End Solitary Confinement to Continue on 23rd of Each Month   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
03/25/15 Fire Ravages Long-Time Anarchist and Artist Warehouses on 23rd and 24th Streets in Oakland   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Arts + Action
03/24/15 Protesters Shut Down Sprouts Farmers Market to Stop Planned Development of Historic Gill Tract   Environment & Forest Defense | Labor & Workers | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism | Education & Student Activism | North Bay / Marin
03/18/15 UC Santa Cruz Students Charged for Blocking Highway also Face Student Judicial Action   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
03/14/15 Medicine Lake is a Sacred Place and Needs to be Protected at All Costs, Tribal Chair Says   Environment & Forest Defense | Central Valley
03/12/15 Excessive Force Complaint Triggers External Review of SCPD Officers' Actions   Police State and Prisons | Santa Cruz Indymedia
03/11/15 CA Protests Link Tuition Hikes and Privatization of Education to Expanding Police State   Education & Student Activism | Santa Cruz Indymedia
03/08/15 Amilcar Perez-Lopez Killed by Plain Clothes San Francisco Police in the Mission   Racial Justice | Immigrant Rights
03/07/15 Station 40 Collective Faces Eviction as Mission Gentrification & Displacement Continues   Health, Housing, and Public Services | Global Justice and Anti-Capitalism
03/03/15 Graduate Students Host Teach-In to Address Institutionalized Racism at UC Berkeley’s School of Social Welfare   Education & Student Activism
03/03/15 Community in Mourning After UC Berkeley Destroys 60 Trees on Historic Gill Tract Arboretum   Environment & Forest Defense