Nations ask activists to conduct peaceful protests

Bernadette Carreon – Fourth Estate Cooperative Contributor

Washington, DC, United States (4E) – Four nations, Australia, Netherlands, New Zealand and the United States asked environmental groups to use peaceful protests as the Japan’s whaling fleet is set to sail.

The four countries known to be anti-whaling urged activists to prevent endangering human life and will tolerate any “unlawful activity.”

The four nations in a statement said they “jointly condemn any actions that imperil human life at sea during the 2012-2013 Southern Ocean whaling season.

Sea Shepherd, a known environmentalist activist has ordered by a court recently to stay at least 500 yards from the ships.

The Sea Shepherd have previously stopped the Japan vessels from pursuing “research” on whales and has not backed down by vowing to fight the injunction.

The four nations stressed however that they were “resolutely opposed” to whaling in the waters, which the International Whaling Commission has declared to be a sanctuary.

“Lethal research techniques are not required in modern whale conservation and management,” the statement said.

The Japan fleets are using a loophole in International Whaling Commission as means to justify killing of whales by saying it is done for “research.”

The order was sought by the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), which conducts the Japanese government’s whaling program.

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