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Japanese whalers anticipate confrontation with activists in Antarctic Ocean

Crew on Japanese ship Yushin Maru 2 spray anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society last January. Two of the activists boarded the vessel, causing the whalers to halt the hunt.

Yesterday the dolphin slaughter controversy, today the whale slaughter controversy.

As many know, Japan still hunts whales and uses a loophole in the 1986 global whaling moratorium that allows whales to be killed for research purposes. Japan hunts whales annually, saying it's for research (nobody believes it) and part of the country's culture. Its fleet is currently bound for the Antarctic Ocean intent on killing hundreds of whales.

As many also know, anti-whaling activists annually try to disrupt the hunt and a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society vessel is currently en route to do just that.

The latest news: Japan's fisheries agency and justice ministry have announced that anyone forcibly trying to disrupt the hunt will be detained by the whalers and handed over to the Japanese Coast Guard.

Whale enthusiasts may recall that last January, two activists boarded a Japanese whaling vessel and prompted a two-day standoff before they were turned over to an Australian customs ship. Australia and New Zealand have spoken out against the hunts, largely because whale-watching is a vital industry in those countries and killing whales that frequent their waters is bad for business.

Whale meat is sold throughout Japan, but is increasingly unpopular among the country's younger generation. Yet the hunts continue and Westerners, Japan has implied, should not be insensitive to its rich whaling culture.

-- Pete Thomas

Photo: Crew on Japanese ship Yushin Maru 2 spray anti-whaling activists from the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society last January. Two of the activists boarded the vessel, causing the whalers to halt the hunt. Credit: Institute of Cetacean Research

 
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My stinkbomb is yet to be thrown,{this stinkbomb hand delivered by seashepherd on my behalf,big bd pete, bunbury have a nice day

I FOR ONE AGREE WITH WHAT THE SEA SHEPARDS ARE DOING.I WOULD GLADLY STAND BESIDE THEM ON THE FRONT LINES. I CAN'T; SO I'M BRING MORE AWARENESS ABOUT WHAT'S GOING ON AND SPEAKING TO ANYONE WHO CAN HEAR MY VOICE AND LISTEN.AT THE SAME TIME I PLAN ON BOYCOTTING ANYTHING FROM JAPAN AND ENCOURAGING OTHERS TO DO SO AS WELL. OUR PRAYERS ARE WITH YOU SEA SHEPARDS AND THE WHALES TOO.

Robert, you are uninformed idiot. The SSCS has taken on all whaling nations including Norway. The fact that you cannot do the basic research about the subject matter that you are talking about indicates that you are sub-par in intellect. Therefore to throw charges like "Teh Racism" underscores your ignorance. Please try to learn something before you engage others.

Please sign our petition on LobbyingForum.com to stop Japans whale hunting: http://www.lobbyingforum.com/topic-detail.aspx?id=60

i hate the whaling. the IWc should do something. The loophole needs to be fixed and this is totally unlawful how they continuolsy pull our strings and getting what they want.

So the Japanese are doing nothing illegal huh? Killing endangered whales in a designated whale sanctuary...refuelling their mother ship within the confines of the protected antartic zone ( this ship the Nissan Maru has since been fined and stripped of its flag by the panamanians) and violating the ban on trade in endangered species.

They have tried repeatedly to pull the wool over everyones eyes...just as they did with Blue Fin Tuna Quotas...luckily some of us are not so easily fooled.

What makes Japan think these whales belong to them? Does anyone give a fig about Australias whale watching industry which supports thousands and brings in dollars to our own economy?

Unfortunatly, Japan has a long history of trying to take what doesnt belong to them...remember the Pacific...and they made the mistake of thinking that Australia belonged to them in 1942.

Hopefully the corageous Sea Shepard will prevent them from taking any of our deep water citizens the whales this year from Australian and New Zealand waters....i certainly prefer MY whales swimming around, alive and kkicking rather then sliced and diced raw to be served with wasabi before ending up in a Japanese toilet.

Maybe the answer lies with a wealthy benefactor who will purchase a submarine so that the Japanese whaling fleet can be sunk in return for sinking an unarmed vessel in Australian waters.
Now lets all sing together . . .
"All I want for Christmas is a submarine,
a submarine, a submarine"

Merry Xmas one and all.

"Have we really forgot what the Japanese mind does when it's in a corner like this? Pearl Harbor!!!"

Wow, that's pretty racist. Seems like people are unaware that the Norwegians and other nations also hunt whales (in much greater numbers than the Japanese). But seems like racism is a big motivator. The minke whales that the Japanese hunt aren't even endangered. The U.S. and other nations don't stop the Japanese because they aren't doing anything illegal.

From what I've seen on the Whale Wars the Sea Shepherds are a bunch of terrorists led by a Jim Jones like maniac.

This is serious business to the Japanese.

The Japanese have stated that they have allocated 8 million dollars in defense of the Japanese whaling ships. This means they will operate under the cover of self defense if Sea Shepherd makes any aggressive moves toward the whaling ships.

Since they have made this statement, it is a certainty that they need a force with which they can overpower Sea Shepherd, in order to enforce their claim of self defense, i.e., the Japanese Coast Guard gunboats.

But the question is, what offensive strategy do they have open to them to arrest the Sea Shepherd crew? First they will try to board the Steve Irwin. However, this will fail, as it is part of a larger strategy. They need to fail in order to claim that they did everything to arrest the Captain and crew. Then the real offensive will go into effect, to use their guns to hit strategic areas of the Steve Irwin with the intent to sink the vessel, still operating under a self defense tactic, claiming they have this right because the Sea Shepherd crew are now "criminals" under "Japanese law."

The Japanese know that the Sea Shepherd has Zodiac boats that can hold its crew of 42. The Captain will have no choice but to order everyone to abandon ship. The Zodiac boats will be placed in the water and the crew will be at the mercy of the Japanese Coast Guard gunboat. The Japanese will ensure that the Steve Irwin sinks with additional blows if necessary.

The Japanese will then perform maneuvers to tip the Zodiacs over, or run them out of gas, leaving the crew with only one option -- to surrender as criminals to the Japanese, having broken their laws, and all cameras and footage will be destroyed.

The likelihood of any of the crew being taken to Japan for prosecution would be very surprising, because that would be just another financial burden and create an international incident, which they do not want. They will drop the crew off at a New Zealand or Australian port.

With the Steve Irwin gone for good, the whaling ships will get their quota, destroying over nine hundred whales, and returning to Japan victorious."

Did anyone consider doing something, like the U.S Navy? Have we really forgot what the Japanese mind does when it's in a corner like this? Pearl Harbor!!!


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