Japan resumes scandalous whale hunt

Feature story - 31 January, 2008
The Japanese whaling fleet has again defied world opinion and resumed whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. The Australian Customs vessel, the Oceanic Viking, reports that the Fisheries Agency of Japan’s whaling fleet has killed at least five whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Greenpeace Japan whales campaigner Sakyo Noda sends a message home by holding the Japanese symbol,'nise', meaning FAKE - against the hull of the Japanese whaling fleet's factory ship Nisshin Maru.

The sanctuary had remained fatality free for the whales for two weeks due to the Esperanza chasing the factory whaling ship, the Nissin Maru, across the Southern Ocean for 8,000 km (5,000 miles).

Without the factory ship, the rest of the whaling fleet were unable to operate - bringing the entire whaling programme to a halt. During the two weeks Greenpeace spent with the fleet more than 100 whales were saved.

After the Esperanza gave chase across the Southern Ocean, media coverage and public discussion on the whaling issue is now reaching unprecedented levels in Japan, where Prime Minister Fukuda has been forced to discuss the whaling issue in Parliament.

Once more, Japanese taxpayers must be wondering why they arefunding this fake research operation which produces no real science,whale meat that no one wants to eat, and brings their country intointernational disrepute.

The campaign to end whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary is now moving from the open ocean to Japan where we are calling on Canon - a company known for its support of conservation issues, to publicly speak out against whaling.

Already over 44,000 concerned camera owners from around the world have responded to our call to email Fujio Mitarai, the CEO of Canon Japan. Fujio Mitarai is also the head of the influential Nippon Keidanren (Japanese Business Federation).

Show you support for the whales and send your email to Fujio Mitarai here.