A victory for the whales

Feature story - 13 January, 2006
Our Argentine Ocean Defenders have hit Nissui in their pockets. Nissui own about one third of Kyodo Senpaku -- the people who run the Japanese whaling fleet. Our cyberactivists have convinced a major Nissui client in Argentina not to buy from a corporation involved in the killing of whales.

Despite the continued killing of whales by Japan there was some good news for whales when a Argentine seafood company canceled a contract with Nissui, a Japanese corporation involved in whaling.

As well as directly confronting the whaling fleet in the Southern Oceanwe have been exposing howmany well-known companies are linked to corporations involved inwhaling. Internationally we have been focussing on Gorton's,but in Argentina the focus is on companies that do business with one ofthe corporations most closely linked to whaling in Japan, Nissui.

Nissui has Argentine subsidiaries that operate freezer trawlers, one ofwhich is a surimi (type of minced fish) processor, which is sold inArgentina, Uruguay and Japan.

A popular seafood company in Argentina, Pesquera Santa Elena was usingNissui fish in its products. So we targeted Santa Elena to ask them tostop buying from Nissui and make it clear that whaling is bad forbusiness.

In just 2 days over 21,000 cyberactivists contacted the company anddownloaded stickers to place on Santa Elena products in super markets,to highlight that the company was implicated in the killing of whales.

Remarkably quickly the president of Santa Elena was sitting at thetable with us to negotiate. Faced with the possible damage to thecompanies public image from being linked to whaling it was anapparently easy decision to make.

Last week, Greenpeace Argentina got a signed commitment from thepresident of Santa Elena not to buy any more surimi from Nissui. Thecompany even committed to donate about US$60,000 to an organisationworking on whale conservation if they ever violate the agreement.

So one big client less for Nissui, and we are pressing other companiesto follow suit. Maybe Gorton's can learn from Santa Elena's goodexample? In Argentina we are now focussing on other companies that buyfrom Nissui.

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