Three boats from a fleet of five Japanese whalers that left for the Southern Ocean in November returned this morning after killing 333 whales, Phys reported on April 1.
Despite all the international protests and a moratorium on the International Criminal Court, Japan continues with the hunt, arguing every year that it is a “scientific investigation”.
The main ship of the fleet, the Nisshin Maru, plus two other ships arrived at the port of Shimonoseki in western Japan, said a port official, with a cargo of 333 Minke whales, as he had planned to capture, and without protests from the activists, reported the Fisheries Agency.
The founder of the activist group Sea Shepherd, known for going after Japanese ships, warned last December that he will look for another way to carry out his protest campaign against Japan, and that this season he would not send ships, because, for the first time, Tokyo is deploying the Armed Forces to defend their whalers.
“We did not abandon the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary,” Paul Watson said previously last August when analyzing his campaign, achievements and objectives.
“Japan is now using military surveillance to see the movements of Sea Shepherd ships in real time by satellite, and if they know where our ships are at any given time, they can easily avoid us,” the activist said.
Watson said that in the previous operation of the Japanese whalers, “the Sea Shepherd ships approached and our helicopter even managed to obtain evidence of their illegal whaling operations, but we could not physically close the breach.”
“We can not compete with their military grade technology,” Watson said.
“If something does not work, the only recourse is to look for a better plan, because when a plan no longer works, the only alternative is an improved course of action. We need to formulate this new plan and we will do it, “said the activist.
Australia sued Japan before the International Court of Justice in May 2010 “arguing that its hunting activities had a commercial purpose”. The Australian demand was based on the regulations signed “for the conservation of these animals,” reports the United Nations Organization.
The president of the Court, Peter Tomka, in the verdict issued in March 2014, “urged Japan to revoke permits and not issue new licenses within its hunting program, which does not conform to international law.”
According to the Court’s report, the fact that the law allows the hunting of cetaceans for scientific purposes was highlighted, which does not correspond to what Japan does.
The Centro de Conceración Cetacea (CCC) of Chile reported that on October 25, 2011, sixty Latin American, Caribbean and international organizations sent a letter to the commissioners of the region (Grupo Buenos Aires) and to the International Whaling Commission ( IWC) since the Southern Ocean would be governed under the Antarctic Treaty.
“It is a zone designated for peace, international cooperation and free of arms that today is threatened by a whaling program that does not even have the support of Japanese civil society,”