[box]First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, then they fight you, then you win.– Mohandas Gandhi[/box]

(WHALES / OCEAN CONSERVATION) After years of defending marine wildlife, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society may have finally won the whale war with Japan. It seems as though Sea Shepherd’s work, coupled with a shrinking demand for whale meat, has made the continuation of whale-killing emanating from Japan unlikely. A permanent end to Japanese whaling would bring us that much closer to worldwide whale safety. Congratulations to Paul Watson and the tireless Sea Shepherds who have been at it for years, long before a show, long before international stardom and long before anybody else cared enough to put it all on the line. — Global Animal

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The Canberra Times, Andrew Darby

The constant and perilous work of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society may have finally come to fruition as Japan contemplates banning whaling once and for all. Photo Credit: Wikipedia.org

Internal pressure is growing on Japanese whalers over their costly Antarctic hunt, with the Government officially airing for the first time an option of a permanent halt.

An internal review of the loss-making ”scientific research” program was sparked by last summer’s disastrous season, when the whaling fleet was forced out of the Southern Ocean by Sea Shepherd harassment.

In its interim report, a review committee raised concerns over financial problems of the hunt, and while the committee’s majority wanted to continue, some wanted to end it, media reports in Tokyo said yesterday.

When the fleet retreated last February, unnamed officials at the Fisheries Agency of Japan commented that the prospects of returning were ”extremely gloomy”.

But the International Whaling Commission meeting in Jersey was told last month by Japanese Commissioner Kenji Kagawa that the decision to recall the fleet was to protect human lives.

”I would like to stress that our decision does not indicate any change in Japan’s whaling policy,” Mr Kagawa said.

Now according to the leading business newspaper Nikkei, the Ministry of Agriculture, Forests and Fisheries review committee found that ”withdrawal and reduction of whaling may be a possibility due to [its] financial problem”.

Should Japan choose to end whaling, beautiful whales such as these humpbacks will finally be safe. Photo Credit: National Geographic/Dr. Louis M. Herman/NOAA

”Japanese scientific whaling costs over 3 billion yen ($A35million) every time, and its deficit is becoming a serious problem,” the Nikkei report said.

According to the mass circulation daily, Yomiuri Shimbun, the committee’s majority wanted to continue despite conservationist harassment.

Yomiuri said the majority found, ”Research whaling is justified on the basis of an international treaty. It should be continued without yielding to heinous interference.”

The minority said, ”If we cannot gain understanding on the research whaling in the international community, we should scale it down or halt it.”

Greenpeace Japan’s executive director Junichi Sato said the whaling industry was about to go bankrupt due to the shrinking market for whale meat.

More: http://www.canberratimes.com.au/news/world/world/general/japan-looks-at-quitting-antarctic-whale-hunts/2242091.aspx

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  1. I wonder if the eco-terrorist Capt. Paul Watson will fake getting shot again to grab some more headlines.

    Sea Shepherd = Eco-terrorists SEA SHEPHERD’S VIOLENT HISTORY 1977: Founding member of Greenpeace, Paul Watson, expelled from the organisation after a campaign against sealing during which he threw the sealers’ clubs and skins into the sea. 1977: Watson establishes Sea Shepherd organisation. States that Sea Shepherd is not a protest organization. “We are [a] self-appointed policing organization given credibility by the terms of the United Nations Earth Charter of 1982.” 1978: Watson admits to the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) programme As It Happens that his work is aimed at raising funds for his organisation, Sea Shepherd. Watson: “You see, the seal is very easy to exploit as an image. We have posters, we have buttons; we have shirts … all of which portray the head of the baby seal with tears coming out of its eyes. Baby seals are always crying because the salt tears keep their eyes from freezing. But they have this image of … they are baby animals; they are beautiful. And because of that, coupled with the horror of the sealer hitting them over the head with a club, it is an image which just goes right to the heart of animal lovers all over North America.” 1979: A Sea Shepherd vessel rams the whaling vessel “Sierra”, causing considerable damage. “Sierra” survives attack. 1980: The IWC at its meeting in Brighton, United Kingdom, assigns high-level protection to two Canadian Government delegates after Watson threatened to kill them for voting against a motion.

    These are Terrorists and Animal Planet is making acts of violence seem OK

    “We damage property…” quote by Kurt Lieber Sea Shepherd: Board of Directors. President and Founder: Ocean Defenders Alliance.

    Dont care for his lies, antics or his methods but do agree in the end result…

  2. Have any of you stopped to realize the impact of insensible action on Japan? While whale demand is down and the deficits involved outweigh many gains, have you ever considered the Japanese perspective?

  3. i watched whale wars and thought these guys were awesome, paul watson and his crews are genuine heros, but i certainly didn’t expect such resounding success as to actually cause the japanese whalers to pack up and leave mid whaling season. keep up the good work and thank you for doing what you do!!