Greenpeace anti-whaling protesters arrested at IWC meeting
Greenpeace activists have been arrested by St Kitts (the Carribean island where the IWC has been meeting) police while conducting a peaceful protest. This from an ABC online news report:
The [ten] Greenpeace protesters had been placing about 1,000 cardboard whale tails on a beach outside the meeting.
The cut-outs represent the number of whales that will be killed under Japan's "scientific whaling program".
The police were armed with batons, some with M-16 automatic guns, and tear-gas grenade launchers! Talk about overkill!
There have also been calls from some environmental groups for a consumer boycott of products of whaling countries. Personally, I support a boycott of products by companies that profit from whaling, but I'm not sure about this tactic. I understand why some would call for a wider ban when you consider the big resources these countries' governments put in to winning their arguments in the IWC, so perhaps it is worth considering holding the governments and nations accountable.
Before he was arrested, [Greenpeace spokesperson] Mike Townsley pointed out to the police the IWC meeting had explicitly given its support to peaceful protests over whale hunts.
"What could be more peaceful than 1,000 cardboard whale tails?" he said.
However, we shouldn't just focus on Japan's products. Norway has defied the morotorium for many years, and Iceland is one of the big players in the pro-whaling bloc. So, no more Norwegian smoked salmon and sardines? Boycott Björk, anyone? This is where it could get ridiculous. Let's focus on targeted boycotts of companies or industries involved: fisheries, shipping, processed foods. I would welcome suggestions and links to resources for this.
You can listen to an mp3 of an ABC radio report about the call for a ban. Mp3 link.