|Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson|
Here's how the Sea Shepherd, home of Animal Planet's popular reality-TV show "Whale Wars," put it on its website:
Wikileaks Reveals Sea Shepherd is a Serious ConcernGo to the Sea Shepherd website for founder Paul Watson's comments. It's enlightening, if a bit long.
to Japan’s Illegal Whaling Operations
Wikileaks has revealed that the Japanese government views Sea Shepherd Conservation Society as a very serious threat to their illegal whaling activities. In a classified U.S. Department of State document released by Wikileaks to the El Pais newspaper in Spain, the Japanese Deputy General Director for the Japanese Fisheries Agency Mr. Yamashita, pointed out that “the harassment of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society had kept the Japanese whaling fleet from reaching its quotas these last few years.”
There it is! For all the critics who have been saying the anti-whaling campaigns have not been effective, Sea Shepherd holds the same position as the Japanese Fisheries Agency that the campaigns have been very effective, so effective in fact that Sea Shepherd has been discussed in high-level talks by Japanese government representatives with the U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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