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Champion of anti-whaling at mercy of Japanese court

Japanese whaling pirates raiding Australia's southern whale sanctuary every year poach all the whales they want, spin their exposed lie of scientific research to a complicit whaling commission bureaucracy that must exist only for the club sandwiches at meetings.

And what has Rudd-the-Dudd done to protect Australia's southern ocean and indeed its sovereignty from raiding Japanese poachers arriving from some 10,000km to the north? Squat, except publicly froth and bubble yet with no action like all his other core and non-core populist empty promises.

Now Peter Bethune is paying the price of Australia's bending over for Japanese whaling pirates to plunder and kidnap foreign nationals on the high seas as they please.

Lies, Damn Lies and 'Japanese Scientific Whaling'

Japanese whalers and fishing corporations have made Japan the pariah of the world's oceans. The Japanese lie of scientific whaling has become a cliched euphemism. Now the science has been officially confirmed as a fraud, as if we didn't already know.

An international team of Oregon State University scientists, documentary filmmakers and environmental advocates has uncovered an apparent illegal trade in whalemeat, linking whales killed in Japan's controversial scientific whaling program to sushi restaurants in Seoul, South Korea, and Los Angeles, California.
Is this Japan's whale meat export led recovery?

Bluefin Tuna - call to boycott Japanese sushi in Australia

Despite Southern Bluefin Tuna (Thunnus maccoyii) being endangered, our Australian Government continues its weak policy of appeasing the Japanese (the main poachers and customers of Bluefin Tuna) , encouraging it to be fished to extinction. Rock singing environment minister Peter Garrett has become a toothless pussy with anything worthy of conservation leadership.

Japanese continue to poach whales, dolphins, and bluefin tuna (Atlantic & Southern varieties) and in doing so have become pariahs of the world oceans. Our government may pasty to the Japanese, but that doesn't stop ethically driven citizens boycotting Japanese restaurants and sushi shops.

Ban whaling vessels from using our ports

One would assume that an organisation entitled the 'Australia Strategic Policy Institute' would be a government body or a body at least having Australia's strategic interests at heart.

But its director, Dr Anthony Bergin, with a title one would assume would be capable of research, has written an article for Fairfax media supporting Japan's strategic interests.

If our doctor were respectful of the democratic rights to protest we have in Australia and recognised the Japanese incursion in Australia's whale sanctuary in the Southern Ocean, and respected the existence rights of whales, then perhaps his article for Fairfax would have instead read like this...

Twilight Samurai pride clinging to a right to pillage distant whales in foreign oceans

Japan's dogged pursuit of whales well beyond its shores in our Southern Ocean is more about preserving endangered cultural pride than science.

Japan's justifications for whaling are not commercial nor scientific, despite the official rhetoric. They are culturally deep and desperately self-preserving, despite being wrong, wasteful and backward.

Japanese whaler rams and sinks anti-whaling vessel in Antartic

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A Japanese whaler, Shonan Maru 2, which Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling vessel, the Ady Gil, was trying to intercept in Australian Antartic waters rammed and sunk the Ady Gil on 5 January 2009. All humans survived.

Why is Rudd government mute on whaling?

After one year, no legal action has been taken, and a whale ambassador has not been appointed as promised. Nothing concrete has been planned, not even a customs vessel to monitor the whalers’ illegal presence! Diplomacy and legal action have achieved nothing.

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