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Japanese Pirate Whalers and Migaloo

, posted: 14-Nov-2007 14:41

Japan’s ‘pirate whalers’ prepare to leave Japan in the coming days to expand their illegal hunt in the Southern Whale Sanctuary to include 100’s of Minke Whales, 50 Fin Whales and a further 50 endangered Hump Back Whales , that could include the popular  Australian Icon, Migaloo.

When asked about the disturbing possibility of killing, what is thought to be the only albino Hump Back in the world, the Japanese have given no comment.  However according to Sea Shepherd:

Two years ago when the Japanese Fisheries Agency spokesperson was asked if Migaloo would be included in the whale killing the answer was "he is a humpback, isn't he?"

The reality is to stop the Japanese hunting Whales, the New Zealand and Australian Governments need to step up the pressure and be willing not only to talk tough, but to walk the talk, by backing speech up with actions. We must ask ourselves, to what extent to we value whales, and how far are we willing to go to fight for something we believe in.

There are a number of things we could do. We could send the New Zealand Navy down to the Southern Whale Sanctuary and board illegal Whaling ships, but that would likely cause a sharp decline in political relations with Tokyo.

They key is to make the Japanese public aware of what is going on, and how unimpressed the rest of the western world is about it. They key in my view is for organisations such as Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace, to get large Japanese Corporate onside, and getting these companies to speak out, to help influence public opinion.

For more information about the Japanese Whale hunt in the Southern Whale Sanctuary please visit:

About Migaloo:


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Comment by paradoxsm, on 14-Nov-2007 18:07

Stop buying japaneese cars, and anything sold under a jappanese brand......That would put them under really fast.

it's almost getting to be bad PR for them and cause to boycott their core industries. Somebody needs to lace a whale with toxic chemicals that will instantly kill those thom who contact when trying to kill it.

Time to roll the Nissan and get that 318 I have always wanted.

Author's note by nzbnw, on 14-Nov-2007 18:18

Yes that would put pressure on the Japanese economy. As I have said above, Japanese companies need to make it clear that they do not support their government in this respect, if they do not wish to become a target of a boycott campaign.

And yes it is nothing more than bad PR, considering there are warehouses full of whale meet that no one wants to buy, yet the Japanese Government choose to increase the quota  !!

Personally I beleive in sending the New Zealand and Australian Navy down to the South Pacific, and for board any ships that are illegally hunting whales. Make a stand; this has been going on for 20 years too long.


Comment by david, on 14-Nov-2007 19:59

Not enough people really care about a little bit of whale killing to make a difference through boycotts. Iceland was threatened with a tourism boycott recently, but their tourism industry still expanded by 16.5% apparently.

People are buying the whale meat as well. Currently outgoing volume of whale meat stock is the highest it's been since the commercial whaling days. I don't know where you heard that no one wants to buy the meat - if you google around you'll find plenty of evidence to the contrary, even though some people from anti-whaling groups say otherwise.

Also, New Zealand should first take Japan to a court and have it declared by a judge that the whaling is illegal before brashly going off and taking matters into own own hands. Taking action against them with only Paul Watson's word that it's illegal will backfire against the campaign.

Author's note by nzbnw, on 15-Nov-2007 10:19

I agree with you David, New Zealand should take Japan to a international court before taking things into our ownhands. As to your comment about whale meat sales, I will have to take you advice and troll through google on that one.


Comment by Lisa, on 16-Nov-2007 15:14

I totally agree we need to stop buying Japanese products and have the governments actually take a stand for a change to help stop the whaling. I am part of the SEA SHEPHERD CONSERVATION SOCIETY here in Wellington and am looking for other people here in the Wellington area that would like to help out. There is a whale exhibition on at TE PAPA soon and it would be great to have people become aware of who SEA SHEPHERD are and to raise their awareness of the Whaling that is happening as a lot of people either dont know about it or dont know how to get information on how to help. Please contact me at and it would be great to get more support. We need to make a stand on this and not put up with it for the sake of the generations to come. Lisa

Author's note by nzbnw, on 18-Nov-2007 00:09

@ David; Sea Shepherd is not the only one who agree's with my comments.

Japan has close to 4,000 tons of whale meat from its 'scientific' whaling programme in cold storage - uneaten, unsold, and unwanted.

@ Lisa; I would like to help in this cause, but I would not be able to make a Wellington event as I am based in Auckland.


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