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Japan’s Budget Review May Rein In Whaling

Posted in OCEANS with tags , on November 15, 2009 by carmen4thepets

There are hints that  Japan’s review of government spending in a number of areas could diminish the billions of yen spent each year to sustain the country’s annual whaling excursions to the oceans around Antarctica. Greenpeace sent an alert around about the budget review just before President Obama flew to Japan. For the moment, it’s unclear whether the whaling program — which Japan has long cast as  important scientific research but many  biologists and activists decry — is in danger, according to our Tokyo reporters. There’ll be updates here as needed.

ady gil

In the meantime, Paul Watson, who has brought the skill set of P. T. Barnum (and some would say Blackbeard) to the realm of marine conservation, recently unveiled the Ady Gil, a new weapon in the  whale wars between his group, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, and Japan. The high-speed boat, named for the California donor who paid two-thirds of its $1.5 million price tag, is ready to chase Japan’s speedy whale-hunting vessels when the killing begins.