In January 2007, Ayokawa Japan reported that whaling is a significant interest in Japan. Ms. Okubo also supported this statement, emphasizing that it is not a matter of the Japanese people disliking being told what to do, but rather their aversion to being instructed on what to eat by foreigners. This revelation is quite startling. Each year, in clear defiance of the regulations put in place to protect whales within the official Southern Ocean Sanctuary, the Japanese Government dispatches its fleet of ships without any display of sentiment. Shockingly, the Japanese harpoon and mercilessly kill over 1200 whales, resulting in a staggering number of deaths for these endangered creatures. Some of these ships, such as the Nisshin Maru, which carries a massive fuel load of over 1.5 million litres, along with ammonia and chemicals, have a substantial crew of approximately 147 individuals. Their intentions are resolute - to kill whales. 

In March 2007, the Nisshin Maru, the Japanese slaughter-house ship, experienced a devastating fire that claimed the life of one of its crew members. Upon inspection of the vessel, authorities discovered the remains of 500 endangered whales that had been brutally slaughtered and butchered. Had it not been for the fire, the number of harpooned and killed whales would have likely reached at least 960. Fortunately, 460 whales managed to evade this fate and are now happily swimming in the sea. However, our hearts ache for the 500 whales that endured a painful death and did not survive. It is equally disheartening to note that Norway, in violation of acceptable government quotas, hunts and slaughters over 1000 whales annually. Furthermore, the Norwegian Government permits the harpooning and killing of our endangered whales just 200 nautical miles off the coast of the United Kingdom, a distance equivalent to that between London and Leeds. Denmark, Greenland, the Faroes, Iceland, South Korea, St. Lucia, the Grenadines, and St. Vincent are also engaged in the merciless slaughter of whales. These practices, carried out by various nations, demonstrate a distressing disregard for the preservation of these magnificent creatures. It is imperative that we take decisive action to protect and conserve these endangered species.

The Kaiko Maru


When a majestic whale falls victim to a lethal harpoon, the excruciating pain it endures is beyond comprehension. The resulting cry emitted by the whale is unlike anything one has ever heard. Subsequently, the detonation of the harpoon charge within the innocent creature's body releases a barrage of cruel and deadly knives that penetrate even deeper into its now tender flesh. The sea surrounding the helpless whale becomes a grim spectacle, tainted by its blood. As if this torment were not enough, the defenseless whale's body is further subjected to the intrusion of saltwater from the ocean, causing it to gasp for air in a desperate struggle against drowning. In a display of unparalleled cruelty, the heartless perpetrators of whale slaughter proceed to fasten a sturdy rope just before the flailing tail flipper of the distressed creature. This poor, stressed, and terrified whale is then forcibly dragged and hoisted up the side of the vessel, often resulting in the creation of an additional securing aperture within its tail fin. A rope is then threaded through this newly inflicted wound, leaving the whale suspended upside down along the ship's flank. Its vulnerable head repeatedly collides with the vessel's side, rebounding off the waves as the ship relentlessly presses forward in search of yet another unfortunate whale.

These whales are currently alive and awaiting their fate, which involves being transported to a floating factory slaughterhouse ship. Once on board, severely injured whales are hoisted up at the back of the ship using large chains and dragged onto the deck for slaughter. Skilled workers use long-handled sharp knives to ruthlessly chop off the whales' proud and beautiful tail fins, often still moving from side to side. At this moment, a sad and uncomfortable groan may be heard from the defenceless whale. This particular whale, captured and slaughtered in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, was likely still alive when its tail fin was removed. It was a helpless creature in a vast ocean, falling victim to Japanese Government slaughter gangs operating under the guise of Scientific Research (photo by Mark Voiter). 

The inhumane slaughterers proceed to plunge their knives into the whale's stomach, inflicting unimaginable pain comparable to a human undergoing surgery without anaesthesia. The broken-hearted whale eventually succumbs to a painful and undignified death, a tragic end to its ordeal. Throughout this entire ordeal, the whale can only lie there, covered in blood and wracked with pain. It is defenceless and innocent, forced to endure the sight of unscrupulous and barbaric men slowly dismembering it piece by piece. Despite its helplessness, the whale clings onto life, its mind filled with hope and a desperate desire to escape. Sadly, all efforts prove futile. And then, suddenly, the final blow comes. It marks the end of the whale's suffering, the final curtain falling on a heart breaking tragedy.

The final blow has arrived, signaling the end. Our objective is to prevent Japanese whaling ships from entering the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary, an area disregarded by Japan. Our concern stems from the belief that they are unlawfully taking whales from the protected sanctuary regions in the Antarctic Southern Ocean, disguising their actions as Scientific Research. These areas have been designated as havens for whales, where they can live freely. It is our firm belief that no one should have the right to capture and mercilessly slaughter these magnificent creatures. Their freedom to exist peacefully and undisturbed should be respected. It is worth noting that certain whale species possess brains that are larger and more intricate than those of humans. Additionally, Japan has faced accusations of providing substantial financial aid, amounting to approximately half a billion pounds, to small Caribbean and Pacific nations. This financial assistance is believed to be an attempt to garner support within the International Whaling Commission, with the goal of overturning the ban on all forms of whaling imposed in 1986. We urge you to join us in protest against these actions immediately!

Email of fax the Prime Minister of Japan:

Mr Naoto Kan

Email: Kanteihp-info@cas.go.jp  

Fax: +81-3-3581-3883

Japanese Fisheries Agency

Mr Masahiko Yamada

Email: New email under research 

Fax: +81-3-3502-0794

Japanese Embassy London

Email: info@jpembassy.org.uk

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Please email urgently and regularly every single country who is for whaling. Write and tell each country how cruel whaling is and to stop it NOW!

Japan has been accused of handing out over £400 million in aide to smaller nations in the Caribbean and Pacific and recently approximately £500,000 to Loas in South East Asia in order to get their support for over turning the 1986 ban on whaling which was introduced by the International Whaling Commission. Fortunately the Japanese lost at the International Whaling Commission conference in Anchorage.

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