New Zealanders urged to join international day of action against Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling
Auckland, 30 August 2000
Today 19 Greenpeace offices
around the world are sending a clear message to Japan
condemning its expanded 'scientific' whale hunt in the
North Pacific. In New Zealand, Greenpeace has designed a
‘cyberaction’, for the general public to take action, by
and have also sent a letter to the Japanese Embassy.
Greenpeace is calling on Japan to immediately halt this
whaling programme, to withdraw the permit that has been
issued, and to recall the fleet to port.
Twenty-seven whales including one sperm whale and four
Brydes whales have already been killed during this hunt.
This is the first year since the moratorium on whaling came
into force in 1986 that these species of whale have been
targeted. Both sperm and Brydes whales were heavily
exploited in the past.
community has already shown opposition to this expanded
'scientific' whale hunt," said John Frizell, Greenpeace
International whales campaigner. "How much longer will
Japan continue to defy international opinion and undermine
international conservation measures?".
last week representatives of fifteen governments urged
Japan to end this scientific whaling programme. Governments
represented included New Zealand, Austria, Brazil, Britain,
Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Mexico, Monaco,
Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States.
Personal appeals to end the 'scientific' hunt have been
made by the U.S. President Bill Clinton, U.K. Prime
Minister Tony Blair, and New Zealand Prime Minister Helen
The plans for this hunt were met with
opposition at the International Whaling Commission (IWC)
meeting held in Adelaide in July. A strongly worded
resolution noting that its scientific committee had not
endorsed the proposal and urging Japan not to proceed with
the hunt was passed with an overwhelming majority by the
"This hunt is not about science but about
feeding the lucrative demand for whale meat," said Frizell.
Meat from the whales caught during this hunt will be
sold as a delicacy on the open market in Japan. By
exploiting a loophole in the IWC's rules, Japan kills over
five hundred whales per year. Japan claims that the purpose
of the extended hunt in the North Pacific is to gather
information about the interaction between whales and their
prey species, but the IWC has concluded that this does not
justify the killing of whales for research purposes.
For further information contact Sarah Duthie, Greenpeace
International Communications on +31 625 031005, or Tricia
Allen on 09 630 6317.
Stills available on request : contact John Novis +31 656 819121