Japanese Open Fire on Sea Shepherd Crew – Time to Boycott Japan?

March 9, 2008 at 3:03 pm (Sea Shepherd's Antarctic Whale Defence Campaign) (, , , , , , , )

Terri Irwin with Captain Paul Watson in front of the ‘Steve Irwin’ from Flickr by guano

Rebecca Sherman from London is the creator of a Facebook group which proposes that we Boycott Japanese Products Until Japan Ends Whaling!

Just last Friday, a clash between the crew of the Sea Shepherd vessel Steve Irwin, and the Japanese whaling ship Nisshin Maru, turned violent when the Japanese Coast Guard began to throw flash grenades at the crew of the Steve Irwin inside the Australian Territorial Zone .

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society

SSCS is an international non-profit organisation whose mission is to end destruction of habitat and slaughter of wildlife in the world’s oceans in the interest of conservation.

Captain struck by bullet

Captain Paul Watson was struck by a bullet in the chest. However, his life was spared when the bullet was stopped by his Kevlar vest and an anti-poaching badge which was worn on his sweater underneath.

Additional injuries were sustained by crewmembers Ashley Dunn and Ralph Lowe. Dunn, 35, from Launceston, Australia suffered a hip injury when he tried to get out of the way of the exploding grenades. Lowe, 33, from Melbourne, Australia received bruises to his back when one of the flash grenades exploded behind him.

Why did this happen?

“Whales are endangered and hunting them has been illegal since 1986. However, under the auspices of The Institute of Cetacean Research, Japan uses a scientific loophole in the ban to continue hunting and killing endangered whales and selling the meat for profit,” says Sherman.

The Japanese Coast Guard was retaliating against Sea Shepherd crewmembers for tossing rotten butter onto the decks to discourage their illegal whaling activities. The clash came after a week long pursuit by the Steve Irwin of the Nisshin Maru, in an effort to stop illegal whaling activities in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Sherman says: “Please boycott Japanese products. Hit Japan wear it hurts. Let them know that you think whale hunting is wrong and it should be stopped.”

Visit www.seashepherd.org for more information on their campaign.

Also check out Sherman’s Facebook group for further details at http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=5925369230

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