Hayden Panettiere in Japan dolphin protests
By Paul Eccleston
Last Updated: 5:01pm GMT 01/11/2007

An actress from the TV series Heroes was among protesters who tried to disrupt a Japanese dolphin hunt.
Hayden Panettiere, paddled out on a surfboard with other activists from Australia and the United States, in an attempt to prevent a pod of dolphins being driven into a cove and slaughtered.
Panettiere stars as Claire Bennet in Heroes as a high school cheerleader who has the power to regenerate.
The demonstrators clashed with the fishermen who used a long wooden pole to push them away in the water. They were eventually forced to return to the beach.
Panettiere, 18, emerged from the water and collapsed sobbing.
The confrontation took place in the sea off Taiji, an historic whaling town, 280 miles west of Tokyo.
The Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) which has been trying to stop the hunting, says that as many as 20,000 dolphins and porpoises will be slaughtered during the season’s hunting.
The hunts have continued despite scientists warning that they are unsustainable and that the dolphin and porpoise meat is contaminated with toxic chemicals such as mercury and unfit for human consumption.
The Japanese turned their attention to dolphins and porpoises after they were banned from hunting whales by an international moratorium in 1986. The EIA says they persist in the hunting despite worldwide condemnation. The Japanese claim the hunting is for “scientific purposes”.
“It’s innocence being slaughtered, it’s innocence being taken away,” said Panettiere. “Dolphins and whales are probably one of the friendliest animals on the face of this planet.”
The protesters drove straight to Osaka airport and left the country to avoid being arrested for trespassing by the Japanese police.
Clare Perry of EIA said: “People in Japan are unwittingly buying and eating dolphin and porpoise meat which is dangerously contaminated with poisons such as mercury and PCBs. The Japanese government must take dolphins and porpoises off the menu.”
Perry, who has witnessed several Japanese hunts before added: “Its not surprising that the hunters want to hide what they’re doing – they have been directed by their own government to do so.
“Its unfortunate that people in the Japan are mostly unaware of what is happening in these small coastal villages.”



欧米や日本は自国近海の水産資源の不足分を主にアフリカからの輸入で補っています。そして、それら外国が海の魚を沖合いトロールで根こそぎ持っていってしまうため、アフリカの貧困層は目の前の海で魚が取れなくて飢えているのが現実です。ですから、輸入国は自国近辺の海洋の資源調整を実施して対応に最大限の努力をするべきで、魚類の大量捕食動物であるイルカやクジラの数量管理なんかも、水産資源輸入国が果たすべき義務に含まれるのではないかと思います。クジラやイルカの数量管理というのは、農地を荒らすイノシシやシカ、サル、ネズミやモグラ、害虫なんかを駆除することと基本的には同じでしょう。今回のイルカの場合はシロナガスと違って絶滅の恐れがなくて動物愛護以外に反対する理由が見つからないから 「イルカは心が優しい」って論法を使うのでしょう。だったら、賢くて優しいイルカさんに漁業協定持ちかけて魚の消費量を抑えてもらえるのか。クジラにせよイルカにせよそれが出来るだけの知性があって始めて「友人」だのなんだの言える状況になるんじゃないでしょうか?





Japan might kill world’s only white whale
By Nick Squires in Sydney
Last Updated: 3:01pm GMT 12/11/2007

Australians fear that the world’s only known white humpback whale could be slaughtered as Japan’s whaling fleet prepares to embark on its annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.The unique male whale, named Migaloo – an Aboriginal word for “white fella” – has become a celebrity in Australia since being spotted for the first time in 1991.Each year Migaloo – along with thousands of other humpbacks – migrates from the icy seas of Antarctica to the warm shallows of the South Pacific and the Great Barrier Reef.A few months later the whales, the females leading their newly-born calves, return to Antarctica.The arrival of 45ft-long Migaloo – believed to be the only completely white humpback in the world – is keenly anticipated by whale watchers along Australia’s east coast.He has been hailed as modern day Moby Dick, even though the creature in Herman Melville’s 1851 classic was a sperm whale.Conservationists fear that Migaloo is so accustomed to whale watching and fishing boats, that he will be easy pickings for Japanese hunters.With the southern hemisphere summer approaching, the Japanese whaling fleet is preparing to leave port within days. It refuses to say exactly when.It has declared that for the first time it will kill 50 humpbacks, as well as 50 fin whales and hundreds of minke whales.The Japanese argue that after decades of hunting fin and humpback whales have recovered to sufficient levels that they can now withstand being harpooned again.The Fisheries Agency in Tokyo refused to rule out killing Migaloo today, with officials offering a blunt “no comment” to media inquiries.Instead the agency called on Australia and New Zealand to ensure that the Japanese fleet would be protected from anti-whaling ships operated by a militant environmental group, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.Last year Sea Shepherd threatened to ram the Japanese fleet with a ship fitted with a bulldozer-type blade. The group has been branded environmental terrorists by Tokyo.
“Those two countries maintain the same position as Japan does against the violent action of terrorists,” spokesman Hideki Moronuki told ABC Radio.
“[We] need support from those two countries in order to secure the safety of our crews and (our ships).”
But the captain of Sea Shepherd’s two vessels, Paul Watson, said he had the law on his side because whale hunting was illegal.
“They’re targeting endangered species in a whale sanctuary in violation of a global moratorium on whaling.
“If Japan reacts violently to us, causes any injury at all to any of our people, that will backlash very severely on Japan because Japan is the criminal nation here,” he said.
Japan uses a loophole in International Whaling Commission laws to hunt around 1,000 whales each year in the Southern Hemisphere, ostensibly for the purposes of scientific research.People who have encountered Migaloo on his epic journey of migration describe the sight as a once in a lifetime experience.”He turned the blue water around him jade-green for two or three metres,” one awe-struck Australian whale-watch operator said of a sighting two years ago.Scientists are uncertain whether Migaloo is a true albino, or simply has white pigmentation.In a sign of how healthy the population of humpbacks has become, a female and her calf paid a short visit to Sydney Harbour today.The pair was noticed entering the harbour from the sea by passengers on a passing ferry and spent about three hours in sheltered waters before continuing their journey south.