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November 21, 2008 at 3:41 PM

Japanese whalers

The killing continues

Mari Yamaguchi from The Associated Press has misrepresented information in her story “Japanese whalers set sail on hunt” dated Nov. 18, 2008 [Nation & World].

The story implies that Greenpeace will “will disrupt the expedition once again” and that is not true. Despite having millions of dollars in donations to stop the whale killings, Greenpeace will not be sending a ship to the Antarctic waters this year, choosing rather to protest in Japanese courts.

In years past, including last year, Greenpeace ships only stayed a few weeks of the two to three month whaling season and followed the Japanese fleet at a distance hanging banners off the side of the Greenpeace ship.

Last year, Greenpeace left the whaling waters weeks before the Japanese were forced to leave from the efforts of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, cutting short their killings quotas by about 50 percent. Greenpeace chooses to not put their ships between a whale and the Japanese ships, never tries to alter the course of Japanese ships and frankly has not saved even one whale from being slaughtered.

Only the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society will have a ship there this year, and each year the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society keeps their ship(s) truly disrupting the whalers by putting their ships and crew at risk for as long as their fuel lasts.

The story says that the Sea Shepherd crew threw acid onto the Japanese whaling ships. The acid was actually rancid butter. Butyric Acid comprises the smell found in rancid butter. It stinks and is slippery. It is biodegradable and nontoxic. The Japanese crews hate it because it is as hard to clean up off the deck as skunk smell would be.

I would not weigh having butter “injuries” to having been shot at by the Japanese, as Paul Watson was.

Japan has never published any meaningful research papers from the supposed valuable information gained by killing 1,000 whales each year and the International Whaling Commission ban is not enforced by any country — that is the main reason countries like Japan continue to kill whales.

The research excuse is a loophole that Japan flagrantly misinterprets. It is time the world learns of this terrible injustice to whales and Japan’s illegal killings of intelligent mammals.

— Mike Pagan, Seattle

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