Breaking News – Whale Slaughterhouse Has Been Found!
The Japanese Whaling Processing ship (Nisshin Maru) has been located in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.
Sea Shepherd reported this morning that they filmed the ship from a helicopter, and that a whale was partially processed on the main deck. It does raise questions. The Japanese lost their legal battle in court with New Zealand and Australia, in the International Court of Justice in 2014. After the big loss, Japan was told they lacked scientific merit and was deemed illegal. they came back with a new “so-called” research program with 333 whales per year instead of 1,000. Which is a joke to be honest. It was unanimously rejected by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2015 as still not meeting Scientific Standards, however Japan is very persistent.
The Japanese Prime Minister is in Australia for talks with the government of Australia, so I would hope that the Prime Minister in Australia will put his counterpart in a hold until he agrees to cease Japan’s whaling program. I certainly won’t be holding my breath. A challenge with the renewed program is that Japan needs little time to get their whales. In 2010, while I was prisoner aboard the Shonan Maru #2, their First Officer claimed they average about 10 whales per day. Which meant they needed around 3 months to get their quota of 1,000. Today however, with a quota of 333, they really need little more than a month whaling to achieve this. By my calculations, they’d already be around 250 whales caught, having arrived in the whale sanctuary around Christmas day.
It remains to be seen as well what will happen if Sea Shepherd ships do in fact find the Nisshin Maru. Two years ago, Sea Shepherd was forced to pay Japanese Whalers $2.5m compensation, and was instructed to not disrupt the whaling program. Japan lost in court and their whaling program was declared illegal by the highest court in the world. No one else was in Antarctica to try and stop the whaling.
Nevertheless, aggressive action in the coming weeks by Sea Shepherd would likely be judged a further breach of the court injunction, which may see more funds going to subsidize Japan’s whaling. No one else is in Antarctica though. New Zealand and Australia may work diplomatic channels but Japan remains indifferent to this. They are playing a long game on whaling and seem impervious to outside influence.
Whatever happens, Japan’s continued whaling defies public opinion, it defies the International Court Of Justice, and it defies logic. Japan is rich and whale products today are barely consumed by the public. Infomercials at 1am on public broadcasters has done little to dropping demand and prices.
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