PRESS STATEMENT BY GREENPEACE CAMPAIGNER, JOHN BOWLER, ON BOARD THE MV ARCTIC SUNRISE
25 January, 2000 - MV Arctic Sunrise, Australia: "The world has now witnessed Japan’s whaling activities as it continues to defy international law and hunt whales illegally in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary.
New Zealand, Brazil, Argentina, the UK, the US and Australia have recently urged Japan to cancel its illegal Antarctic whaling programme. It is now down to all governments of the world not to simply pay lip service to international law but to ensure it is applied.
Japan continues to ignore global environmental concern and repeated requests from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary. It is also in violation of the Law of the Sea. There is an onus on the international community to take Japan to task on this matter.
Japan’s illegal whaling is part of an ambitious programme to resume large-scale commercial whaling on the high seas. The Government of Japan, with the support of Norway, is actively lobbying countries that are members of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES), to lift the current ban on all international trade in whale products.
If Japan and Norway are successful, the resumption of international trade in whale products will be a powerful incentive to both countries to substantially increase the number of whales caught. It is also likely to prompt other countries to resume commercial whaling and to take advantage of a lucrative trade with Japan. The decision on whether or not to remove the trade ban will be taken at the next CITES meeting in Nairobi, April 2000," said Greenpeace campaigner, John Bowler on board the MV Arctic Sunrise.
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