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The government recently gave the whalers 2.28 billion yen ($28.5 million) as part of a special budget for recovery from the March 11 triple disaster.
Much of the extra funding will go towards security forces for the whaling fleet...
Greenpeace Japan distributed the letter, because, according to executive director, Junichi Sato: “This is a new low for the shameful whaling industry and the callous politicians that support it..."
Originally posted by Backbiter
Sea Shepherd already knew about this and reported it on their website...www.seashepherd.org...edit on 6-12-2011 by Backbiter because: (no reason given)
When people the world over sent their donations to Japan, it was with the innocent understanding that their contributions would be used by the Japanese government for the purpose of actually helping the Japanese victims of the disasters.
What they did not anticipate or imagine is that some of these funds would be used to subsidize the illegal slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. But that is what the Japanese Fisheries Agency has done with a large amount of the relief funds. It is a complete disgrace and the Japanese government is displaying blatant contempt in response to the world’s generosity by this shameful behavior.
On October 21st, 2011, the Japanese cabinet agreed to set aside 2.28 billion yen (over $29 million USD) in tax revenue to help those in the worst affected regions. Since then, it has been discovered that the Japanese Fisheries Agency submitted a request entitled “measures to stabilize the scientific whaling research programme” that actually requested and received this full amount for security to defend the so-called Japanese scientific whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean....
Blow to whaling campaign: Sea Shepherd pilot denied visa Andrew Darby in Hobart December 6, 2011 Refused entry ... Chris Aultman. Refused entry ... Chris Aultman. Photo: Sea Shepherd Conservation Society * Whalers set for Antarctic conflict A former US Marine helicopter pilot, who finds the whaling fleet so Sea Shepherd protesters can stop the hunt, says he has been denied a visa to join the activists in Australia. Chris Aultman, who won official praise for his work on a polar search last summer, has been held up in Los Angeles as the countdown begins to this year's conflict. Advertisement: Story continues below Mr Aultman said by email that he had come to Australia for the past six years on an electronic travel authority visa, but this time was placed on hold, and then declined. "I have not received any information about why it was denied or when it will be issued," he said. "I wish I knew." Read more: www.smh.com.au...