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    "Pro-whaling nations have secured their first major victory at the International Whaling Commission at St Kitts in the Caribbean.

    Japan has won a majority vote on a declaration that instructs the Commission to return its focus to culling, not conservation, and could see a move towards the resumption of commercial whaling for the first time in 20 years.

    The meeting backed the resolution by a majority of just one, delivering Japan the outcome it had been working towards since the talks began."

    It was a very slim majority, 33-32 and a couple of abstentions.

    Japan has cynically worked to resume whaling in recent years by recruiting smaller Carribean and Pacific nations in a votes-for-aid process, so that Japan's purposes can be suited by "democratic" means at meeting of the IWC.

    Commercial whaling is not going to resume immediately, a 3/4 majority is required - but it looks to be getting ever closer.

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    this is unfortunate. not like they are already doing it though. but to have it actually be a step closer to being legal is a slap in our collective face. i personnally am starting a coalition of the willing. it will include gathering up 100-200 overweight individuals to stay room and board free in japan. the objective is eat every living animal walking on their soil. i know what your thinking "will you put this on t.v. and make a reality show out of it?" the answer is yes, yes i will. i will become filithy rich.


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      They will still go in there and continue whaling though wont they?
      I dont think they are paying any attention to these votes..


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        Dear Paul,

        I just don't understand why they can't eat tuna instead!

        What does it take to get through to these people and do they really need to go whaling?? Since my old, old, uni days I have always felt a little sympathetic towards whales and dolphins, especially because of their faithfulness to each other. We should be using them as an example and learning from their gentle way with each other - not killing them!



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            Re: Japan slowly moves towards commercial whaling

            The Death Star Returns to the Land of the Rising Sun

            No More Whales Will Die This Season.

            Finally, the burnt out hulk of the whale killing floating factory called the Nisshin Maru is limping out of the Antarctic treaty zone, the stench of rotten whale meat lingering in its wake. The whale killing fleet is now slowly heading north to Japan. There will be no stopping in New Zealand for repairs. A stop there will result in legal issues that could tie the ship up for years and the whale meat onboard would be confiscated.

            The whaling fleet has a long way to go to reach Tokyo and the crew will be mourning the loss of one crewmember and remembering the opposition by Sea Shepherd that left their decks reeking of rotten butter and awash with the blood of the whales caused by Sea Shepherd crew sealing the bloody deck flensing outlet drains. It is a ship that reeks of death, burnt flesh, gore and blood, and it looks and smells like the Death Star that it is.

            The image of the Nisshin Maru retreating from the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary is joyous news for all people who love whales. This ship is the single greatest whale killing machine of all time and the only thing more pleasing to us would be to see its total destruction. Fortunately this did not happen, because the sinking of the ship would have been an ecological disaster.

            Whaling is now officially ended for the 2006/2007 season and the unofficial final whale body count appears to be less than 500 whales of their 960 targeted Piked whales. It is not known how many of the targeted Fin whales were killed.

            The Nisshin Maru is severely damaged. The main engine was started but electrical systems are barely functioning. The whale processing equipment is ruined. The winches used to haul up the whales are inoperable. The cargo of whale meat onboard has been partially if not completely spoiled by loss of refrigeration and intense heat. In addition the whale meat has been contaminated by chemicals used to fight the blaze and spilt during the fire.

            The disaster has highlighted the fact that the Nisshin Maru is an environmental disaster waiting to happen. This year, Antarctica?s wildlife was spared the tragedy of an oil and chemical spill that would have occurred if the 8,000 ton ship had sunk with hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil and an unknown amount of chemicals like ammonia and chlorine.

            This is the second serious fire on the Nisshin Maru in 10 years. The vessels are not ice-class. Japan has put their pride before any concern for the protection of Antarctic eco-systems and wildlife. Their lust to kill whales has become obsessive and is blinding their common sense.

            ?What Japan has just demonstrated over the last 10 days,? said Captain Paul Watson, ?is a total contempt for international concerns for the environmental protection of Antarctic wildlife. This whaling fleet is an ecological time bomb and the potential for disaster is a real and ever present danger when they are down in the Whale Sanctuary illegally slaughtering endangered whales.?

            The whaling fleet spotting vessel the Kaiko Maru is also heading home marked with the scars of their deliberate collision with the Sea Shepherd ship Robert Hunter. The Japanese crew on both the Nisshin Maru and the Kaiko Maru saw first hand the dedicated courage of our international volunteers in action during the confrontations. They were days they will not soon forget.

            The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is already preparing to return to the coast of Antarctica in December 2007 to once again intervene against illegal Japanese whaling activities.

            ?We have discovered weaknesses with the Japanese ships that can be exploited given the right equipment. We learn more about these ruthless killing machines every year.? Said Farley Mowat Captain Alex Cornelissen. ?Next year if they return to kill Humpbacks and Fins, we will have to take a more aggressive stand to stop these poachers.?

            The targeting of 50 Humpbacks and 50 Fin whales for the 2007/2008 season is a line in the sand where the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is prepared to take a stand.

            ?We cannot abide, tolerate or ignore such a blatant slaughter of the highly endangered Humpbacks.? Said Captain Paul Watson. ?The Humpback is the symbol of our organization and a part of our logo and we will defend this species as aggressively as we can. Our position on the Humpbacks and the Fins is zero tolerance?

            The 2006/2007 campaign is now officially over. The efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society have highlighted the on-going illegal activities of the Japanese whaling fleet. Our message was that the Japanese whalers were killing highly endangered whales in an international whale sanctuary in violation of the global moratorium on commercial whaling. Japan is engaged in numerous international crimes and they must be opposed and they must be shut down.

            This year, call it fate, call it karma, or call it the will of God but whatever it is, the results have been wonderful for the whales and all of us at Sea Shepherd are extremely satisfied with the ignoble retreat of the ruthless killers of the gentle giants as their disgraced and damaged ships limping shamefully home stinking with the corpses of their innocent victims.

            Our message to the Japanese whalers. ?We hope your damages are so severe you will not be back next year but if you are, we will be there waiting for you and we will not be as polite as we were this year.? Said Captain Paul Watson.

            The Sea Shepherd ships Robert Hunter and Farley Mowat are now docked in Melbourne. Preparations have already begun to outfit a campaign to intervene against the possibility of a return of the whaling fleet in December.