by Captain Paul Watson
a spoiled kid who owns the ball, threatens to quit the game, and take his
ball home with him unless he gets to win, Japan has now threatened to withdraw
from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) unless it gets what it wants.
And what Japan wants is to kill whales, despite the fact that practically
every other nation in the world (except for the retro-Vikings in Norway
and Iceland) considers whaling to be barbaric, cruel, and unnecessary.
Associated Press reported today that Japan is considering withdrawing from
the IWC if no progress is made toward easing an international ban on commercial
whaling according to its fisheries minister on Tuesday. In other words,
they get to kill whales or they leave the party.
annual IWC party begins next week in Agadir, Morocco and because of Japan’s
persistent bullying and threats, the delegates are expected to seek a compromise
between pro and anti-whaling countries, which would legalize commercial
whaling on a limited scale. Stung in recent days by revelations of vote
buying, Japan has now resorted to threats to leave the IWC and take whatever
whales it wants, wherever it wants, whenever it wants. And rather than enforce
the existing moratorium, some nations including the United States and New
Zealand are apparently willing to throw the baby out with the bath water
with the ridiculous compromise of allowing whales to be killed in order
to keep Japan from killing more whales. In other words, they are saying
that we will have to kill the whales to save them.
is not the first time that Japan has threatened to withdraw from the IWC
and they are at it again. It is a “give us what we want or we will
leave” attitude and some nations are willing to kiss Japan’s
ass to do just that. Japan’s new Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries
Minister Masahiko Yamada was asked yesterday if Tokyo would quit the IWC
if progress was not made toward easing the ban on commercial whaling. "I
am considering various options," Yamada said. "This is really
the final stage, and we're not sure how things are going to turn out."
The comments were the first by Yamada to reporters since assuming his post
a week ago. He was one of several Cabinet ministers appointed by new Japanese
Prime Minister Naoto Kan.
Sea Shepherd Conservation Society would not be upset if Japan withdraws
from the IWC. Hopefully Norway and Iceland will follow suit, and no one
will be left to pick up the tab for the expensive hotels, drinks, meals,
and call girls that the delegates from the African, Pacific Island, and
West Indies depend upon Japan to pay.
IWC has lost all credibility and has not enforced any of its regulations,
so it matters not if Japan is a member or not a member. The advantage of
a withdrawal is that there will be no pretense of legitimacy for illegal
whaling activities. The Japanese whaling fleet is targeting endangered and
protected whales inside the boundaries of an established international whale
sanctuary, in violation of a global moratorium on whaling, and in violation
of the Antarctic Treaty.
this reason, Sea Shepherd will once again send ships to the Southern Ocean
under the name of Operation No Compromise to intercept and intervene against
these unlawful activities. So far, despite all the boring and endless meetings,
the only thing that has stopped illegal Japanese whaling has been intervention
by the Sea Shepherd crew.
time for talk is over. The IWC is a useless organization. Japanese stubbornness
can only be countered with the language they best understand: profit and
to continue keeping their financial losses high and their profits negated.
No Compromise will be our seventh campaign to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,
and it promises to be the most aggressive and dramatic campaign of