Japan wins by one vote on pro-whaling resolution
19 June 2006
The fifth major vote was a moral victory for Japan but it was non-binding because it required a two-thirds majority.
Japan motioned for a non-binding pro-whaling declaration by the IWC that stated that the whaling ban was no longer valid and that whales are responsible for the depletion of worldwide fish populations. Japan also declared nongovernmental environmental organizations as a threat to whaling.
This motion passed by one vote with 33 nations voting for Japan and 32 voting for the whales.
There was one abstention.
The Japanese delegation also accused Australia, New Zealand, the U.K., and the USA to be "extremist" in their defense of the whales.
This motion means that the majority of the IWC members consider groups like Sea Shepherd to be a threat to whaling.
"I bloody well hope they consider us a threat to whaling," said Captain Paul Watson. "Of course, we are a threat to whaling and we intend to always be a threat to the barbarically inhumane and ecologically destructive practice of whaling."
The resolution was put forward by the host nation of St. Kitts & Nevis. "The world will remember that it was St. Kitts and Nevis that struck the first blow to destroy the commercial moratorium," said Dutch Captain Alex Cornelissen presently onboard the Sea Shepherd ship *Farley Mowat* in the Indian Ocean. "May that nation be regarded infamously for their whorish betrayal of the whales."
Sea Shepherd is calling for an international boycott of tourism to St. Kitts and Nevis in retaliation for their despicable sycophantic posturing at the bidding of Japan.
*In other News:*
*Dolphin Defender Terrorized By Police*
Ric O'Berry and his wife Helene were roused from their sleep in the middle of the night when St. Kitts police pounded on the door of their hotel room.
The police ordered them to get dressed and then escorted them out of hotel and into the rainy streets of the small Caribbean island where the International Whaling Commission is meeting.
The day before, Ric had entered the building where the IWC meeting took place. He had a television screen on his chest and it was playing the DVD of the dolphin slaughter at Taiji, Japan. He did not say a word. He had just paraded before the delegates exposing them to the images of bloody slaughter at Taiji. The Japanese delegates were furious and called security to escort Ric from the building.
Ric O'Berry represents the French group One Voice and has been a leading opponent of the dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan ever since 2003 when Sea Shepherd brought the images of the slain and dying dolphins to the international media.
Ric is also famous as the trainer of the world's most famous dolphin Flipper. He left the dolphin training business years ago to become a lifelong champion of dolphins around the world.
After being kicked out of his hotel by the police, Ric and Helene were told they were not welcome in St. Kitts and to leave the island.
One officer said told Ric that, "he would kick my teeth out if I didn't leave the island."
Ric and Helene are still on the island and are in hiding.
They did not commit a crime and the actions of the St. Kitts police is fascistic to say the least. St. Kitts is a bought and paid for Japanese puppet nation recruited by Japan to vote for the overturn of the global ban on commercial whaling.
"St. Kitts cops are more like Japanese body guards then public servants," said Captain Paul Watson.
Meanwhile the major of Taiji was flown to the island by the Japanese Whaling delegation to speak as an honored guest on the subject of slaughtering thousands of dolphins in his town.
Captain Watson is not attending the IWC meeting because he was told he would be denied entry to St. Kitts and Nevis during the time that the IWC is meeting in the island nation.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is encouraging tourists to boycott the Caribbean nations that are scheming with Japan and Norway to kill whales.
"These nations like St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Vincent, St. Lucia, Grenada, Dominica, and Antigua and Barbuda are places to be avoided by everyone who cares about nature and the protection of marine wildlife, especially the whales. Pilot whales are being killed in St. Lucia and an annual sacrifice of two Humpbacks is practiced in St. Vincent. There is nothing saintly about these islands and they are all under the thumb of their Japanese masters." Said Captain Watson.