Japan escalates war against Whales & Sea Shepherd

THE AMAZON PINK DOLPHIN’S VOICE

Sea Shepherd ‘outnumbered’ in whale hunt campaign

Anti-whaling activists say they have been outnumbered by the arrival of a 12,000 tonne Japanese icebreaker in Antarctic waters.

The whaling fleet suspended its operations last week after a collision between its main ship and two protest vessels. (Credit: ABC)

Anti-whaling activists say they have been outnumbered by the arrival of a 12,000 tonne Japanese icebreaker in Antarctic waters.

The Sea Shepherd Society says the Japanese ship, Shirase, arrived overnight to help whalers refuel off the coast of the Australian Antarctic Territory.

The ship is from the Japanese Maritime Self Defence Force.

Sea Shepherd director Bob Brown says one of the icebreaker’s three helicopters was helping a Korean tanker gain access to the Japanese factory whaling ship, Nisshin Maru.

“It’s obviously part of Japan’s unfolding plan to take control…the Japanese have been moving their navy into position,” he said.

Mr Brown has contacted the Australian Government, repeating calls for the Australian Navy to send support to the region.

He says the Shirase can carry up to 250 personnel, outnumbering the Sea Shepherd’s 120 activists.

“There’s 120 personnel all up from 24 countries including Australia and Japan but they’re not armed, they don’t have military wherewithal and they’re now up against a giant military ship from Japan which makes any Sea Shepherd ship down there look very small indeed.”

The Federal Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has been contacted for comment.

Source: ABC Radio Australia

Editorial: SELVA-Vida Sin Fronteras

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Editorial Committee

David Dunham

Arno Ambrosius

Gustavo López Ospina

Mariana Almeida

Pieter Jan Brouwer

Assistant: Emilia Romero

The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice is associated with the International Environmental Mission, a grass roots citizens movement created by Chilean Senator Juan Pablo Letelier.

SELVA Vida Sin Fronteras acknowledges Kevin Schafer’s important contribution towards protecting the highly endangered Amazon pink fresh water dolphin. Title photographs of our “The Amazon Pink Dolphin’s Voice” were taken by Mr. Schafer. 

~ by FSVSF Admin on 25 February, 2013.

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