|Tuesday, June 20, 2006|
The Whaling Games End in St. Kitts
The 58th Annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) ended today in St. Kitts & Nevis.
The Pacific countries which voted with Japan received around $25 million in aid from New Zealand this year.
The Solomon's, at $18m, is New Zealand's biggest bilateral aid recipient and scores of Kiwi troops are serving there as part of an international security force.
"The fact that Japan received the votes of some nations that Chris Carter thought were committed to the anti-whaling cause raises serious questions about his competence as our lead negotiator," McCully said.
"The fact that the Clark government has actually created special Pacific access quotas, giving Tuvalu and Kiribati citizens privileged treatment for immigration into New Zealand, makes the defection of those two states doubly annoying."
Environment Minister Carter did not respond to McCully and found himself in a damned if you do and damned if you don't situation. On one hand he is being accused of being wimpy by rival political opponents and on the other he is being called an extremist by the whalers.
The pro-whaling High North Alliance secretary Rune Frovik said the New Zealand IWC delegation's "extremist" anti-whaling stance meant it was no longer being taken seriously by the commission and was fast becoming irrelevant. "My point is simply that if we are to work out a compromise solution, then we must be on the same planet," Frovik said.
"The problem with New Zealand is that it is not. It is on a completely different planet."
The problem with Rune Frovik is that he is an advocate of sadistic slaughter and should not be on the same planet as the whales.
New Zealand and Australia have vowed to become more aggressive in their defense of the whales.
Sea Shepherd does support and applaud the efforts of both New Zealand and Australia and encourages them to become more aggressive in their defense of the whales. The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society believes that whale defending nations must take a strong diplomatic stance in defense of the whales and that includes cutting foreign aid to nations supporting whaling.
They should also make an effort to uphold international conservation law against illegal whaling activities and they should physically intercept and order the Japanese whaling fleet out of the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary and out of the Australian Antarctic Economic Exclusion Zone. What part of the word Exclusion do they not understand?
In response to being labeled a threat to the whalers, Greenpeace responded that they are not a threat and that they are merely spectators and bearing witness to atrocity is not threatening.
The position of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is that yes, damn right, we are a threat. We have been a threat to whaling for three decades and we intend to continue to be a threat.
Whaling is an illegal activity and the votes at the IWC this year confirm the illegality of Japanese, Norwegian and Icelandic whaling.
Captain Paul Watson said that he does indeed threaten to uphold the law against illegal whaling activities.
The Caribbean nations are looking at threats of an international tourism boycott of the islands that endorse whaling.
There are plenty of islands in the Caribbean to choose from. It is no great sacrifice to avoid the nations that support the slaughter of whales like Grenada, St. Lucia, Dominica, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Antigua.
Divers, sailors, sun and rum lovers on the whole are also whale lovers and those dollars with a little persuasion can go to other more humane nations where the governments have not sold out their principles to the Japanese.
In Brisbane anti-whaling protestors stormed the Japanese Consulate.
Ten Greenpeace protesters arrived at the IWC meeting after the meetings ended and proceeded to plant a banner on the beach. They were promptly arrested by St. Kitts police for illegal entry into the country.
Whaling and pro-whaling nations are running around excitedly crowing about the non-binding resolution carried by one vote to condemn the moratorium on whaling and to condemn anti-whaling groups as a threat. The resolution also accused the whales of eating too much fish thus exposing the ridiculous perspective that Japan and allies are displaying at these meetings.
Bottom line for the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is that whaling in the Southern Oceans continues to be illegal and we will continue to oppose it and that means we have the legal right in accordance with the U.N. World Charter for Nature to once again intercept the pirate Japanese whalers in the Southern Oceans.