World Video | Defence | Foreign Affairs | Natural Events | Trade | NZ in World News | NZ National News Video | NZ Regional News | Search

 


Protesting Against Dolphin- And Whale-Hunts


Protesting Against Dolphin- And Whale-Hunts – Animal Activists Are Junking A Japanese Car

Zuerich – February 03th, 2013 –

After a nice and very friendly demonstration in the center of Zuerich, the activists now put their promise to junk a Japanese car into effect. With this action they want to put a stop to the Japanese dolphin- and whale-hunt.

Angie Neuhaus from Lucerne sacrificed her Japanese car for this action: “This car is still running, but I did not want to drive it around any more on our roads. All the reports from Japan about the slaughter of dolphins and the hunts to sell them worldwide to the dolphin industry, as well as the whale hunts, have made me very sad and I shall very carefully pay attention that I do not own any Japanese products and I will not buy any in the future.”

At the very impressive demonstration in the center of Zuerich, animal protection activists and passing pedestrians were able to write their opinions about the Japanese dolphin and whale hunts on the car. Amongst those were: ”Freedom for the Dolphins!”, “Stop the Killing”, and “Shame on the Murderers of Taiji”. Many a pedestrian, amongst them some Orientals, were quite surprised about this action and the approval rate was quite high.

The demonstration in Switzerland was co-organized by Andreas Morlok, CEO of the German dolphin- and whale protection organization ProWal, who had been an eye witness to several of the dolphin drive-hunts in Japan:

“Dolphins are caught at these hunts and then sold for more than 100.000 Euros to dolphinariums all over the world. This is a lucrative billion-dollar business for the fishermen, handlers and the whole dolphin industry. All the animals that are captive in the around 330 dolphinariums, in existence all around the world, are being exploited for commercial gain until their death. Those member of a dolphin family that have been caught and are not material to be used for breeding purposes, because they might have scars or skin lesions from fights with sharks, will be slaughtered by the Japanese fishermen. Even young animals or babies are not saved. Mainly Bottlenose-Dolphins, Striped-Dolphins, Risso’s dolphins, Spotted-Dolphins, Short-finned Pilot-Whales, Small Killer-Whales and Dall-Porpoises are being caught and killed in the coastal waters around Japan. The fishermen get about 400 Euros for the meat of a dolphin, which is sold on the local markets.

We also condemn the false scientific whale hunt of the Japanese, which in reality is nothing but a commercial enterprise. The scientific results that are gained hereby, are totally worthless, because the dead whales are only measured and the stomach content is examined to find out, what the animals ate. Only very seldom dioxin analyses are performed, because people are afraid that the results, which are bound to show that the whale meat is contaminated with mercury and other environmental poisons, will turn the consumers away. Although the demand for whale meat is shrinking in Japan and the country meanwhile is sitting on a mountain of 5.000 tons of frozen and unsellable whale meat, several hundred whales are still being killed under different whaling programs in the Antarctic and in the Pacific.”

The animal protection activists will contact the Japanese government and will show them the power of the consumer with their action. The Japanese car was expertly delivered to the junkyard in Switzerland. Angie Neuhaus meanwhile is driving a new car, which is much more to her liking. It is a French product.

The confrontations for the Japanese whale hunters are getting more and more numerous. Just a short while ago the environmental protection organization “Seashepherd” discovered the Japanese whaling fleet in the Antarctic.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
World Headlines

 

Palestine: Border Police Extremely Close When They Shot The US Activist

New testimony at final hearing in Tristan Anderson's trial indicates Border Police were extremely close when they shot the US activist in the head More>>

Palestine: Ni’lin Demonstrators Met With Violence

International Solidarity Movement On the 20th of March, during Ni’lin’s weekly Friday demonstration, Israeli occupation forces attacked protestors with about 20 rounds of tear gas canisters shot with the ‘venom’ tear gas launcher mounted on a military jeep ... More>>

ALSO:

UN Envoy Says Yemen On 'Rapid Downward Spiral'

Yemen stands on the brink of civil war amid deepening political tensions and an uptick in sectarian violence, United Nations Special Adviser Jamal Benomar warned today as he explained that only through dialogue could the country achieve a peaceful political transition. More>>


Continued International Support As Vanuatu Recovers

Damage seen on Saturday 14 March 2015 in Port Vila, capital of Vanuatu, after Cyclone Pam moved through the Archipelago. Photo: UNICEF Pacific More>>

UNICEF Rushes Emergency Supplies For Cyclone-Affected Tuvalu

The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) is dispatching emergency life-saving supplies to communities in Tuvalu as part of its efforts to assist communities in the Pacific region that were affected by Tropical Cyclone Pam, with nutrition and hygiene kits arriving today. More>>

Vanuatu: Regenvanu Expects 50% Of People Struck By Pam To Be Homeless

Vanuatu Minister of Lands Ralph Regenvanu says more than 50 percent of those hit by super Cyclone Pam at the weekend are now homeless. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 
 
 
 
World
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news