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A huge victory for whales


Vamos a celebrarlo por las ballenas y aprovechamos también para pedir respeto para todos los #animales humanos y no humanos.

Gracias Greenpeace


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Greenpeacers, it’s time to celebrate!

Overnight, Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ programme in the Antarctic Ocean was declared illegal in an international court [1]. This is a remarkable end to a chapter in the battle to stop hundreds of whales being killed each year in the name of "research".

This is your victory, Bicis. Together with other environment groups, we’ve campaigned for decades to stop Japan’s annual ‘scientific’ whaling expedition and expose it for what it really is — a cover for continued commercial hunting. And now one of the most respected courts in the world has agreed with us.

To every single one of the Greenpeace supporters who have been part of this campaign: congratulations!

Since the seventies, thousands of whales have been harpooned at sea some 6,000 km from Japan, then hauled onto ships and ferried back to port. It’s a brutal, unnecessary practice Bicis — and today, for millions of Greenpeace supporters worldwide, consigning it to the history books is finally within reach.

I am so proud of that. And I have people like you to thank, Bicis.

For the oceans,

Ben Pearson
Programme Director
Greenpeace Australia Pacific

[1] Japan whaling ban welcomed in Australia and New Zealand, BBC, 1 April 2014.

PS. This court ruling reminds me of all the dramatic images that our photographers took over the decades from the beginnings in the Pacific Ocean to our direct actions in the Southern Ocean. Here’s just a few of them; I’ve saved the best till last.

Greenpeace crew member Michael Baily blockades a Russian harpoon ship in a Zodiac during the first anti-whaling campaign 1976 in the Pacific Ocean.© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler

Greenpeace crew member Michael Baily blockades a Russian harpoon ship in a Zodiac during the first anti-whaling campaign 1976 in the Pacific Ocean.© Greenpeace / Rex Weyler

Greenpeace protest against factory ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean in 1992.© Greenpeace / Robin Culley

Greenpeace protest against factory ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean in 1992.© Greenpeace / Robin Culley

Greenpeace activist on ropes of Japanese whaling ship "Nisshin Maru". Greenpeace occupies the whaler in protest of the Japanese whaling policy in 1998.© Greenpeace / Martial Dosdane

Greenpeace activist on ropes of Japanese whaling ship "Nisshin Maru". Greenpeace occupies the whaler in protest of the Japanese whaling policy in 1998.© Greenpeace / Martial Dosdane

Greenpeace action trying to prevent the transfer of caught whale from catcher ship to factory ship in the Southern Ocean in 1999.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace action trying to prevent the transfer of caught whale from catcher ship to factory ship in the Southern Ocean in 1999.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace inflatable hooks on to a Japanese whaling boat while it is pulling a caught whale on board 2000.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham

Greenpeace inflatable hooks on to a Japanese whaling boat while it is pulling a caught whale on board 2000.© Greenpeace / John Cunningham\

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and the MY Arctic Sunrise (in background) and their inflatables try to hinder the transfer of a dead minke whale from the Japanese whaling fleet catcher ship Kyo Maru No.1 to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

Greenpeace ship MY Esperanza and the MY Arctic Sunrise (in background) and their inflatables try to hinder the transfer of a dead minke whale from the Japanese whaling fleet catcher ship Kyo Maru No.1 to the Nisshin Maru factory ship in 2005.© Greenpeace / Jeremy Sutton-Hibbert

In 2008, two Greenpeace activists from Japan, known as the Tokyo Two, exposed the illegal trade of whale meat.

In 2008, two Greenpeace activists from Japan, known as the Tokyo Two, exposed the illegal trade of whale meat. They were charged with theft of whale meat, spent 26 days in detention and after a lengthy case were given a one year suspended sentence. The case of the Tokyo Two changed the way many in Japan view the whaling industry. © Greenpeace / Naomi Toyoda

A Greenpeace inflatable boat tries to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet's factory ship, the Nisshin Maru from refueling from the supply vessel Oriental Bluebird in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2008.© Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac

A Greenpeace inflatable boat tries to prevent the Japanese whaling fleet’s factory ship, the Nisshin Maru from refueling from the supply vessel Oriental Bluebird in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in 2008.© Greenpeace / Jiri Rezac

Humpback Whale.© Scott Portelli / Greenpeace

A Humpback Whale breaching.© Scott Portelli / Greenpeace

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