News Video | Policy | GPs | Hospitals | Medical | Mental Health | Welfare | Search

 


Activists Dragged Up Stern Ramp Of Whaling Ship

ACTIVISTS DRAGGED UP STERN RAMP OF JAPANESE WHALING SHIP

Auckland 13 January, 2000: Late last night (NZ time) two Greenpeace activists in an inflatable boat were dragged half way up the stern ramp of a Japanese whaling ship after they attached their boat to a tow-line being used to transfer a harpooned Minke whale from a catcher ship to the factory ship Nisshin-maru.

The crew on board the Nisshin-maru then used a long handled flensing knife - normally used for sectioning whales - to cut the inflatable boat from the tow rope, sending it shooting back down the stern ramp.

As the Nisshin-maru moved away at high speed in order to resume whaling, six activists (including Japanese activist Yasuhiro Ito) then jumped into sub-zero waters in front of the ship, which did not slow down or divert from its course. No-one was injured.

“For 24 days now our activists have been doing everything they can to force Japan to stop illegal whaling, doing the job that should be done by the governments of the world. Other countries must use the strongest diplomatic means to tell Japan they will not abide them continuing to trample international law,” John Bowler, Greenpeace campaigner onboard the MV Arctic Sunrise said.

“The Labour led government must follow the lead of Greenpeace in showing the strongest possible opposition to Japan’s illegal whaling programme” said Sarah Duthie, Greenpeace Ocean Ecology Campaigner. “The Labour policy stated a commitment to oppose Japans scientific whaling, yet we have seen no action, and the whaling fleet has continued their illegal actions in the Southern Ocean. Greenpeace is challenging the Prime Minister, Helen Clark, to immediately contact the Foreign Minister of Japan and make the strongest diplomatic protests.”

The two activists inside the inflatable attached to the tow- line were Deb McIntyre (Australia) and David de Jong (Netherlands). The six activists that jumped in front of the Nisshin Maru were Yasuhiro Ito (Japan), Zeger Zel (Netherlands), Frank Kamp (Netherlands), Deb McIntyre (Australia), Milko Schwartzman (Argentina) and Juame Espina (Spain).


STILLS AND PHOTOS AVAILABLE

For further info contact

MV Arctic Sunrise: John Bowler on +873 624 453 210 [satellite rates]
New Zealand: Sarah Duthie, Ocean Ecology Campaigner 09-630-6317, after hours 025-927-301

**LATEST ACTION UPDATES ARE ON THE WEB**

www.greenpeace.org/~oceans/whales/index.html

Notes to the editor

Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme is in violation of articles 65 and 120 of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Seas, (UNCLOS – adopted in 1982) which requires all states to cooperate with the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in the matter of whale protection. Despite repeated annual requests from the IWC to cancel the program Japanese whalers began hunting in the Sanctuary last November and intend to kill 440 Minke whales this year (up from 389 last year).

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: Almost Getting Away With Murder

The Black Widow by Lee-Anne Cartier: Lee-Anne Cartier is the sister of the Christchurch man found to have been murdered by his wife, Helen Milner, after an initial assumption by police that his death, in 2009, was suicide. More>>

Howard Davis: Triple Echo - The Malevich/Reinhardt/Hotere Nexus

Howard Davis: The current juxtaposition of works by Ralph Hotere and Ad Reinhardt at Te Papa perfectly exemplifies Jean Michel Massing's preoccupation with the transmigration of imagery in a remarkable triple echo effect... More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Nō Tāu Manawa

Vaughan Rapatahana responds to Fale Aitu | Spirit House by Tusiata Avi.
More>>

9 Golds - 21 Medals: NZ Team Celebrates As Rio 2016 Paralympic Games Close

The entire New Zealand Paralympic Team, led by kiwi sprinter and double gold medallist Liam Malone as flag bearer, are on the bus to the Maracanã Stadium in Rio de Janeiro for the Closing Ceremony of the Rio 2016 Paralympic Games. There, they will celebrate the fantastic successes of the past 10 days. More>>

ALSO:

New Zealand Improv Festival: The Festival Of Moments To Return To The Capital

The eighth incarnation of the New Zealand Improv Festival comes to BATS Theatre this 4-8 October , with a stellar line-up of spontaneous theatre and instant comedy performed and directed by top improvisors from around New Zealand and the world. More>>

ALSO:

CDF Tim Keating: NZ Somme Centenary

"Our generals also knew what to expect, and they built that knowledge into their planning. Each of the four set-piece attacks was fought with a single brigade, with the expectation that the brigade would be used up. A fresh brigade would then be brought up to conduct the next set-piece..." More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Health
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news