Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Sea Shepherd delights at what WikiLeaks uncovered

Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson
It was a victory, not to mention proof that what it is doing is working.

That was pretty much the reaction of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society when WikiLeaks revealed on Monday secret documents showing that Japan was pressuring the U.S. government to take action against the anti-whaling group by revoking its tax-exempt status.

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 Concern
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. 
Go to the Sea Shepherd website for founder Paul Watson's comments. It's enlightening, if a bit long.
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