Maybe the Japanese whalers should have video taped the two being coerced into eating whale blubber, smiling to camera saying "oishii (taste good)..."
You may not agree with Sea Shepherd's practices; but because of the Japanese this is a game without rules. The Japanese started it all and they are aware that they are breaking International Law. We should be very happy that at least some organizations are trying to enfore international law (Sea Shepherd and Greenpeace), because if they would not do so, the massive slaughter would just take place without notice. Diplomacy does not succeed, because economic interests with Japan are too important
for governments (> that's also why the government of Australia is not doing anything).
Now the situation is really getting out of control, this dispute should be solved through the United Nations, instead of through economic sanctions.
Tim, we all have a choice to buy or not. We can stop buying many (and any) Japanese products if we really wanted to. Do I really need that new electronic toy?
Economic sanctions influence a lot of innocent people. Also a sanction is not very benificial for free trade and this can have serieus economic consequences for the sanctioning party. For example, both NIKON and CANON are originally from Japan, so should all u/w photographers stop shooting these brands because only a tiny fraction of Japanese wants to eat Whale meat? Japanese Whalers Make Demands for Return of Hostages
The Institute of Cetacean Research, the front group for the illegal Japanese whaling operations are making demands for the release of the two Sea Shepherd crew being held hostage onboard the Japanese whaling vessel Yushin Maru No. 2.
The whalers said they will return the hostages in return for Sea Shepherd agreeing to no longer interfere with their whaling operations.
“The Institute of Cetacean Research is acting like a terrorist organization,” said Steve Irwin’s 1st Officer Peter Brown. “Here they are taking hostages and making demands. Our policy is that we don’t respond to terrorist demands.”
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has heard reports from the media that Japan has agreed to release the hostages but the Steve Irwin has not heard anything official from either the Australian or Japanese governments.
“The activities of the Japanese whaling fleet are illegal under international conservation law. The Japanese are poachers and should be treated in the same manner as elephant or tiger poachers,” said Captain Paul Watson.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will not negotiate with poachers and demands that the Japanese whalers release Benjamin Potts and Giles Lane as soon as possible.
The location of the Yushin Maru No. 2 with the hostages onboard is not known presently. The vessel is no longer in sight or within radar range of the Steve Irwin.
Edited by vincentkneefel, 16 January 2008 - 10:32 AM.