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New Zealand Group promotes a “Ban Japan” Boycott

“Consumer Boycott of Japanese Products”

New Zealand Group promotes a “Ban Japan” Boycott

Thursday 11th May 2006

In a bold move, a New Zealand based community group has called on leading environmental organisations to do more to save the whales. The Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre Inc (CEAC) based in Napier has called on Greenpeace and other international anti-whaling groups to support a boycott of Japanese products.

“Large scale boycotts by the people have had significant success worldwide in the past. Boycotting South Africa to end apartheid is prime example” said Dave Head, Marine Environment Projects Manager of the Citizens Environmental Advocacy Centre Inc.

“Greenpeace has congratulated us on our initiative and now we are calling on them to back up their words with action and actively support our campaign.

Dave has been actively promoting a boycott by developing a dedicated website, distributing hundreds of leaflets and posters and building a wide network of supporters.

“The Japanese continue to flaunt International Whaling Commission rules, regulations and international demands to stop the senseless and barbaric killing of such awesome creatures; society wouldn’t allow any other animal to be slaughtered in such a horrific fashion.” Of concern is the addition of more protected and endangered species to their upcoming ‘scientific whaling’ program, which will see 100’s of Humpback and Fin whales added to the thousands of Minke whales.
According to Greenpeace, death can take up to 15 or more minutes and when the explosive harpoons fail, the harpooned whales are held with their blowholes underwater, resulting in death by suffocation.

Your vote counts! You can help by signing the Boycott petition at http://www.stopwhaling.co.nz and avoid buying Japanese products. The petition will be sent to the Japanese Prime Minister, other Japanese Government agencies, the Japanese media and Japanese business interests. The website contains a variety of other means you can help as well as extensive information and links to other anti-whaling action web sites.

Dave asks that concerned people make their family, friends and email contacts aware of this campaign; “we need to spread to the word rapidly before the next International Whaling Commission meeting in June. The meeting at which it is feared that Japan will coerce enough support from small vulnerable nations by various ‘questionable’ tactics to force pro-whaling changes”.

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