Whale – Canon and Greenpeace

Dave Walsh (great website and blog) a canon using photographer and press officer for Greenpeace and is floating around in the Southern Ocean and Dave started thinking: Whalers shoot whales. So do photographers… Canon sponsor the endangered species “Wildlife as Canon sees it” advert in National Geographic… the CEO of Canon in Japan is also the head of the biggest business association in Japan…So then my Greenpeace colleagues got hold of it, and it developed… we wrote to Canon in Japan, asking them to sign this statement.Canon replied on 22 January 2008, claiming to recognise “the importance of protecting endangered wildlife.” However, their letter concluded, “scientific opinion about research whaling varies… we will not sign the statement you have sent us.”Well, we thought that this was a bit weak… so we ask… So why shoot a whale with a harpoon when you can use a Canon?The Japanese whaling fleet is after 935 minke whales and 50 endangered fin whales. To date, we’ve been chasing the whaling ship Nisshin Maru for 13 days now – and it hasn’t killed any whales in that time.Tokyo, Japan — Here at Greenpeace, we support shooting whales… with cameras. But we’re surprised to learn that Canon, the world’s number one digital camera producer, isn’t willing to condemn using harpoons — despite their high-profile advertising and sponsorship programs dedicated to wildlife and endangered species.We wrote to Canon headquarters in Japan asking their CEO to speak out against Japan’s whaling program. But Canon declined to take a stand against the killing of thousands of whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary. Is this really wildlife as Canon sees it?Around the world, Canon cameras shoot whales on whale-watching expeditions but in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, many whales are shot instead with exploding harpoons. Thousands of whales, including endangered fin whales, have been killed here under the guise of “scientific research” ever since the global moratorium on whaling came into force in 1986. Whale meat from the hunt is sold to a tiny minority of Japanese people who eat whale meat — the rest is turned into dog food or added to the stockpile of around 4,000 tonnes of unsold meat.  Whales can be studied without killing them: the cloak of “science” merely allows a few Japanese bureaucrats to maintain an unprofitable whale meat industry at the expense of Japanese taxpayers. Yet this scandal continues because there is not enough domestic pressure in Japan to end it.Read more on Greenpeace website

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