Westarctica Declares WAR on Antarctic Whaling
Subsistence whaling has been practiced by the Japanese people for hundreds of years. However, in the late 1800s, local whaling traditions were overtaken by modern industrial whaling practices to such a degree that the League of Nations called for conservation measures in 1925. With the development of large factory ships, most of the whale populations in coastal Asia were decimated by Japanese whaling. As whale catches diminished in coastal waters, Japan looked to Antarctica to meet the demand for whale meat, blubber, and oil.
In March 2014, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared Japan’s whaling program to be commercial and illegal, and ordered that it stop immediately. At the time, the Japanese government agreed to halt the program, but quickly reversed that decision when the Institute for Cetacean Research announced its plan to hunt at least 300 Antarctic Minke Whales from the Southern Ocean every year until 2025.
During the 2015 - 2016 hunting season, the Japanese whalers have used explosive harpoons to slaughter 330 protected whales inside the boundaries of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in flagrant defiance of international law.
Why does Japan refuse to cease its Antarctic whaling program?
REASON ONE: The people of Japan don’t view whales the same was as we do in the Western world. They see whales as simply another form of fish to be exploited, whereas in Western culture, whales are viewed as intelligent mammals deserving of our protection.
REASON TWO: The political appointees in the Fisheries Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture fear that if the whaling industry were to cease completely, they would be out of a job.
MOST WANTED WHALING EXECUTIVES
Organizations like Sea Shepard and Greenpeace have repeatedly attacked Japan's whaling ships carrying out hunting activities in Antarctic waters. We at Westarctica view these whalers as simple fisherman doing their jobs. In essence, they are the hands and arms of the great Japanese whaling industry. In order to stop the whaling once and for all, we must cut the head off the industry by focusing our attacks toward the top executives of Japan's whaling corporation.
By publicly shaming Japan's whaling executives, putting a face with a name, we hope to compel them to quit their jobs and apologize for their past actions. They have stayed hidden in the shadows for too long, now it is time for their crimes to be exposed to the light!
Makoto Ito and Kayo OhmagariAntarctic Enemies #2 and #3 - Makoto Ito, President of Kyodo Senpaku and Kayo Ohmagari, Assistant Director of Institute of Cetacean Research
Joji MorishitaAntarctic Enemy #4 - Joji Morishita, Director General, National Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries
Dr. Seiji OhsumiAntarctic Enemy #5 - Dr. Seiji Ohsumi, former director general of the Institute of Cetacean Research. Now board member and advisor
Shigetoshi NishiwAntarctic Enemy #6 - Shigetoshi Nishiwaki, Director, Survey Division, Institute of Cetacean Research
Dan Goodman, Esq.Antarctic Enemy #7 - Dan Goodman, top lawyer for the Institute of Cetacean Research
How YOU can help:
Shame the whaling executives!
The political appointees in the Fisheries Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture fear that if the whaling industry were to cease completely, they would be out of a job. When they fight for the continued whale hunts, they are really fighting to preserve their own paychecks and political future. However, these same executives know that what they are doing lacks honor, and this is evident in the way they hide their names and conceal their faces. If you search the Institute of Cetacean Research's website, you will find none of the names of any of their executive officers because they are ashamed of how they earn their money. If they were proud of their job, they would not lurk in the shadows like criminals.
Westarctica has declared these top whaling executives and the politicians who support them to be Antarctic Public Enemies and placed them on our Most Wanted List. By plastering their pictures, names, and contact information publicly for all to see, we hope to shame them into resigning their positions and apologizing for their past misdeeds.
Take action: Shame the offenders!
By contacting the top whaling executives in Japan and RESPECTFULLY asking them to resign their position and apologize for their slaughter of protected whales, we can shame them into realizing that there are more honorable ways to earn a living than organizing the deaths of intelligent mammals. Please keep the tone of your e-mails respectful and remember that the Japanese people value honor above all else!
Click on the highlighted name to e-mail them directly.
Antarctic Enemy #1: Hiroshi Moriyama - Japan's Minister of Agriculture
Antarctic Enemy #2: Makoto Ito - President of Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha
Antarctic Enemy #4: Joji Morishita - Director General, Research Institute of Far Seas Fisheries
Antarctic Enemy #5: Seiji Ohsumi - Board Member & Advisor to the ICR
Antarctic Enemy #7: Dan Goodman, Esq. - Top lawyer for the ICR
Antarctic Enemy #8: Toshihide Kitakado - Scientific Committee Chairman for the ICR
Or, if you wish to contact the officials via mail:
The Institute of Cetacean Research
C/O [insert official's name]
Tokyo-Suisan Building, 4–18
Tokyo 104-0055, Japan