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We Inuneko Kyusainowa demand a stop to cruel dolphin hunting.

April 5, 2014
We Inuneko Kyusainowa demand a stop to cruel dolphin hunting.

The International Court of Justice has ordered the banning of research whaling by Japan.
Then finally Rakuten, Inc., which is the internet general service cooperation in Japan, gave the notification to prohibit selling whale meat and dolphin meat.

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/economy/news/140402/biz14040217110020-n1.htm

Rakuten Inc. will prohibit the selling of whale meat and dolphin meat.
They have notified all merchants in their internet shopping site “Rakuten Ichiba”.
They explained that their decision was based on the judicial decision by the United Nations International Court of Justice (ICJ).They also prohibited processed goods containing skin, fat and bone of those mammals.
This notification was sent in one day by e-mail to all stores.
These products are will be included in their guidelines on prohibited products.
They requested all stores delete them from the product information/order page.
Rakuten Inc. operates the biggest internet shopping site in Japan, which has over 40,000 shops.

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Dolphin FishingThe primary factor behind the world's criticism of dolphin fishing? Is it the influence of movies, celebrities, and social media?

February 19, 2014
Dolphin FishingThe primary factor behind the world's criticism of dolphin fishing?
Is it the influence of movies, celebrities, and social media?

http://newsphere.jp/national/20140212-5/

The criticisms of dolphin fishing in Japan come one after another.
Caroline Kennedy, the U.S. ambassador to Japan, tweeted that she is “deeply concerned by inhumaneness of drive hunt dolphin killing. USG (US Government) opposes drive hunt fisheries.

Also the Government officials in Germany and UK, and Yoko Ono, have clarified their opposing viewpoint.
There were also news reports of American celebrities like Sean Penn petitioning President Obama to help.
Overseas media tends to oppose dolphin fishing.[Opponents of dolphin fishing in Taiji said is not “tradition”]On February 14, Saint Valentine’s day, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which opposes dolphin fishing, conducted a protest action in front of the Japanese embassy in the USA.
Against the atrocity of Japan's whale and dolphin hunting Cathy Kangas, board of directors member of the American Humane Society (the largest animal protection organization in the world) applauded the statement Kennedy in the Huffington Post.
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/cathy-kangas/a-valentines-day-gift-for_b_4759839.html

Kangas said that the Japanese government was apoplectic over Ambassador Kennedy's criticism. But the State Department backed her. We need more diplomats like Ambassador Kennedy, who are not afraid to call attention to cruel and inhumane practices against animals.
One Green Planet (.org) said that the argument of the Japan side, that the dolphin fishing is "tradition", is unfair.
The argument is that most of the Japanese feel the criticism of dolphin fishing is an attack on Japanese culture.
No one has the right to judge the food culture of each country.
However, the present dolphin fishing uses high tech equipment and techniques, and can’t be compared with the traditional fishing.
Dolphin fishing in Taiji, Wakayama, started 1969, which is very recently.
This cannot be truly called “tradition”.Taiji town is demanding that U.S. ambassador Kennedy visit Taiji and verify the "reality" that their fishing is proper.The killing of whale and dolphin may not be so much different from the killing of cattle, sheep and chickens, fin terms of ethical legitimacy.
However, from the point of view of health, it is well known that the meat is contaminated by toxic lead and mercury, One Green Planet said.
They also said that true motive of dolphin fishing in Taiji is not meet for food, but live dolphins to sell to underwater parks and aquariums, which earns a much higher price.Dolphin-drive fishing, which has been happening since 1969, is recently creating a different sensation overseas from what it had before.
The biggest cause of this was the Academy Award in 2010 for the movie “The Cove” (2009).This film has generated a rapid increase in interest of the media in dolphin fishing, US media Ecology reported.
The movie director Louis Psihoyos said that a good documentary film the work can have a continuing affect on the world.
This movie is already 5 years old, but still now it has power to pose questions.
This year, the argument is overheated even more.
This is due partly to the statements of some famous people.
Plus, the discussion in social media has also increased, making the issue a matter of concern around the world.

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A Japanese whaling ship entered into the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).“Apology by Japan is desirable” said NZ Prime Minister.

February 17, 2014
A Japanese whaling ship entered into the EEZ (Exclusive Economic Zone).“Apology by Japan is desirable” said NZ Prime Minister.

http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/140211/asi14021117000001-n1.htm

On February 11, Prime Minister of New Zealand John Philip Key told the local press corps that it is desirable that there be an apology from the Japanese side concerning the Japanese whale research group that entered into the EEZ in New Zealand.
Prime Minister Key emphasized that New Zealand notified the Japanese in advance that they would not be welcome to enter into the EEZ as the New Zealand government is strongly against the whale research.
When the press corps asked whether he wants to get an apology from Japan, he answered that it would be desirable, and that he would watch the situation.
The patrol boat Dai2 Shonanmaru, associated with the whale research ship, entered into the EEZ when they chased a Sea Shepherd Conservation Society ship.
On February 10, New Zealand's government called the Japanese ambassador to express “deep disappointment”.
The Japanese Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga replied that there was no problem with their behavior under the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.(Kyodo)

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USA considers the sanctions for commercial whaling in Iceland and whale meat export to Japan.

http://www.nrdc.org/media/2014/140206b.asp

USA considers the sanctions for commercial whaling in Iceland and whale meat export to Japan.

WASHINGTON ( 6 February 2014) – Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell issued a formal declaration that Iceland is undermining the effectiveness of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora’s (CITES) and its prohibition on international commercial trade in whale products.
Conservation and animal welfare groups commend Jewell’s declaration and urge President Obama to act with urgency. On the 12th of December 2013, Iceland’s Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture announced that it would allow commercial whaling to continue for at least the next five years. As many as 154 endangered fin whales and 229 minke whales could be killed each year under Iceland’s self-allocated quotas which are set to run from 2014 to 2018.Today’s decision starts a 60-day period for the President to decide whether or not to impose economic measures, including trade sanctions, against Iceland under conservation legislation known as the “Pelly Amendment.” Iceland killed 35 minke whales and 134 fin whales, massive animals second only to blue whales in size, during the 2013 whaling season.

Although Iceland put its fin whale hunt on hold in 2011 and 2012 following the Commerce Department certification, it has continued to kill minke whales and export thousands of metric tons of meat and blubber—including from endangered fin whales—to Japan.

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USA considers the sanction for commercial whaling.
February 8,
http://www.smh.com.au/environment/whale-watch/us-considers-sanctions-over-icelands-whaling-20140207-3265t.html

The United States says Iceland is violating an international agreement through its whaling, opening the possibility of economic sanctions over the controversial hunt.
The Department of the Interior, in a decision it is required to take under US law, found that Iceland's actions violated the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.
The certification was sent to President Barack Obama, who has 60 days to determine whether to impose economic sanctions on the NATO ally.
After a similar decision in 2011, Mr Obama declined to do so, but ordered diplomatic measures to raise concern.
Iceland and Norway are the only nations that openly defy a 1986 global moratorium on commercial whaling.
Japan kills hundreds of whales a year but says it abides by the moratorium by using a loophole that allows "lethal research" on the mammals.
Iceland consumes little whale meat but supplies the Japanese market.
It increased its 2014 quotas to 383 whales, despite not making the hunt level the previous year.
Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, in a statement on the decision, credited the 1986 moratorium with helping whale stocks recover after commercial whaling "had nearly driven whales to extinction".
Conservation and animal rights groups hailed the move and called for Mr Obama to take action to stop Iceland's hunt.
"Killing endangered fin whales is not only brutal, it's short-sighted," said Taryn Kiekow Heimer of the Natural Resources Defence Council.
"Iceland should not be allowed to ignore the fact that, regardless of some temporary financial reward, this practice is simply unsustainable and cruel," she said.
AFP

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The International Court of Justice in the Hague ordered activity cancellation.

April 1, 2014

The International Court of Justice in the Hague ordered activity cancellation.
The research whaling violates international law.
It is not a scientific research purpose.
The International Court of Justice in Hague ordered activity cancellation.

This is good result.
We Inuneko Kyusainowa object to cruel dolphin hunting.
To stop the dolphin hunting, this judgment has a big influence.
We sequentially will be active for stopping dolphin hunting.
Please cooperate with us.

http://the-japan-news.com/news/article/0001170403

http://www.businessweek.com/news/2014-03-31/japan-ordered-to-end-whaling-as-hunt-is-not-science-court-rules

http://www.smh.com.au/federal-politics/political-news/international-court-of-justice-orders-japan-to-end-antarctic-whaling-20140401-35wb0.html

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