PATHWAY TO WHALE FREEDOM by Dean Jefferys 4-4-2014
While watching the International Court of Justice, ICJ, give its verdict that meant the Japanese whalers would no longer be shooting exploding harpoons into my whale friends in the Antarctic I screamed so loud I though someone might call the police. For over 10 years myself and millions of people around the world have been wondering how is it possible that these magnificent creatures of the ocean are still being killed under the blatant lie of “scientific research” This lie, that resulted in over 10000 whales being killed is finally exposed in the Highest Court on this Planet Ocean. This is a major victory for the whales and a huge step forward in humanities evolution. Japan may choose to keep killing whales in the northern hemisphere yet a precedent has been set and if they do, other northern hemisphere countries can challenge Japan in the ICJ again and most likely win.
So how did this ICJ case and this huge power shift come about? Around ten years ago local Byron Filmmaker and Whale activist Mick McIntyre who was then working for IFAW, International Fund for Animal Welfare as the Director for the Asia Pacific region commissioned a report with some lawyers on the feasibility of taking Japan to the ICJ. Although a positive outcome looked promising no government wanted to upset the Japanese Government even though it was obvious that this is what the Australian public really wanted. Mick presented the ICJ case report to Kevin Rudd in 2007 who could see that public opinion wanted more action on whales and could see his election chances improving if he took on Peter Garret and the ICJ case. The rest is history. So everyone who sent an email to the PM, voted for Labor or the Greens in 2007, signed and forwarded an anti whaling petition, threw money in a Sea Shepherd tin, bought and wore a tee shirt, traveled to the Antarctic on a Sea Shepherd ship, protested at the Japanese Consulate in Brisbane, boycotted Japanese products, spoke to their friends and family about whaling and did so many other things around the world, all contributed to the outcome of this ICJ case. People power at its best.
People have asked me do you think Japan will really stop or just try to find another loophole to squeeze through. My response and true feeling is whaling is over for Japan. This is the ruling many if not most Japanese have been waiting for. I’m sure the Japanese consulate in Brisbane is one of many Japanese diplomats and citizens that will be happy not to be associated with this blatant lie the government has been running and also to disassociate themselves with the cruel practice of killing Whales. It is also a face saving way to exit whaling as for the last 5 years Sea Shepherds activities that have stopped Japan killing thousands of whales has meant every year Japan looses millions of dollars and the Government continues to subsidize whaling. Now Japan can say they are good global citizens by obeying the ICJ ruling and that they are not stopping whaling because Sea Shepherd made whaling financially unviable. Credit due here to Paul Watson and all the Sea Shepherd crew and volunteers for being relentless and keeping the pressure up.
Later that night after celebrating the ruling on Face book as I lay in bed with waves of euphoria drifting over me I could feel the whales of Planet Ocean take a deep breath of relief. Yet I felt their deep breath wasn’t for their own species it was for us. They are grateful that humanity has reached this stage in our evolution where humans no longer wish to kill Whales and Dolphins and have taken the necessary action to reflect this desire. We are now fast approaching the time where humanity must respect all the creatures of the ocean and the land for the intelligent beings they are and not kill them for food or enslave them in cages or aquariums for our entertainment.
At 5 am the morning of the ICJ verdict I was with over 1000 people gathered at Bentley CSG protect to stop Metagasgo establishing an exploration well. The police where too out numbered to turn up. Images of the rich elite and the rebelling underclass workers in the movie “Hunger Games” came flooding into my mind. This is the time we say no to greedy Governments and Corporations that are set on exploiting, destroying and poisoning our land and water and killing the Planets animals and oceans. Enough is enough. The events of last Monday the 31st of March 2014 gave me great faith in humanity that we are at the tipping point where anything is possible. We just need to see and believe this change will happen and do what is necessary. Don’t say the rig will get through eventually, don’t say animals will always be in captivity, see what is possible, see all the dolphins and whales and sharks swimming free, the factory farms closing, the ancient forests standing strong, the rivers running free and clean, renewable energy replacing fossil fuels, people loving their brothers and sisters around the world free from greed and tyranny. It’s that or “Hunger Games” and I know what reality I want for my children.
Following are some pics from over the last 10 years with the whales
Japanese whalers have been told to fuck off and stop killing whales in the Antarctic (not exactly in those words) by the highest court on this planet the . This is a major victory for the whales and a huge step forward in humanities evolution. I also just heard that police may not be going to the Bently CSG protest site straight away. We scared them off. MAJOR victories all round I am soooooooooooooooooooo happy for the whales humanity and earths future. Let me bath in this bliss for a while please great spirit. Now we can start opening to beeeeeing with the whales free from any threat whales may feel from humanity. Well this doesnt stop japan from killing whales outright still lots to do yet this is the biggest step forward since the monitorium. More details of the case to go over and Japan hasnt responded to anything yet but they will have to comply. Sea Shepherd can now use their ships to patrol other areas of the sea to protect other speacies. Maybe WA to help the sharks. Damn didnt get to go to the Antarctic with them. Yet im sooo happy. Congrats to everyone who has been working to bring awareness of whales out into humanity and pressured Kevin Rudd to do this ICJ case. Whales are GOD manifested on earth.
To hear the 1 and 1/2 hr verdict see http://www.icj-cij.org/presscom/multimedia.php?p1=6
Media release 29-8 2013
Ceremony for Dolphin and Whale Freedom Sep 1 in Hervey Bay
Representatives from the Butchula Nation from Fraser Island will sail
Migaloo 2 will be in Urangan marina from 2 pm friday 30th and
For more info about this global day of action see link and info below
see Dean Jefferys face book event link for the day
Info from the main organisers Save Japan Dolphins
Each year from September 1 to around the end of March, hundreds of
In some cases, individual dolphins which are deemed as being ‘show
The remaining dolphins are then inhumanely killed. The butchered
The more lucrative captive dolphin industry is the driving economic
Another whale caught in shark nets yesterday 24th aug. Contact minister on FB to tell him its time for the shark nets to go. https://www.facebook.com/JoelFitzgibbonMP and http://www.daff.gov.au/general-inquiries?query=daffpr
Following is a link to a news story i sent in about a whale i saw dragging a shark net in hervey bay a few days ago. Apparently they cut a whale, from a shark net at kirra. could be the same one in my photo. Shame the media didnt mention my quote saying the shark nets have got to go. Guess its obvious except often media just report of the brave rescue by trained recuers and sea world vets yet sea world refuse to condemn the nets and people aren’t screaming yet for their removal, but if a human was killed by something everyone would scream to get rid of that something . Well shark nets are KILLING heaps of whales dolphins turtles dugons and friendly sharks. Time for shark nets to go and the creatures of the sea swim free. For more info see. www.migloo2.com
here is the link to probably the same whale getting trapped then released by humans http://www.theguardian.com/world/video/2013/aug/14/humpback-whale-rescued-net-australia-video?CMP=dis_829
Whale spotted in Hervey Bay Tangled up in shark nets..Media Release 19.8.2013.
Skipper of Migaloo 2, Dean Jefferys said, “Shark nets are purely cosmetic to convince tourists they are “safe”. The nets do not protect anything at all – sharks can swim over, under, and around the nets. Most sharks and other marine life die inside the nets trying to get back to sea from the shore and the by catch is enormous. From 1960 and 1990 shark nets entangled 216 dolphins, 2140 turtles, 552 dugongs including many migrating humpback. They should be removed immediately to prevent more needless marine deaths. 29 whales have been caught in shark nets since 2000; of those 26 have been successfully freed. Some are not found and die slowly from suffocation or wounds from the nets. Last migration season six whales were tangled, the worst season in recent years. The Minister for Mines and Petroleum; Fisheries in WA said recently, shark nets don’t work and just endanger whales and kill unintended marine life which in turn attract sharks.”
Dean Jefferys is planning to do a ceremony with the local Aboriginal Butchulla people on September the first as part of a global protest to stop Japan from commencing with its dolphin killing season which normally starts on that day. For more information and to follow Migaloo 2 s campaign see http://migaloo2.com/
Anyone who spots a whale or other marine animal tangled in fishing gear or shark netting can call the 24-hour Shark Hotline on 1800 806 891. While your their tell Queensland Shark Control program manager Jeff Krause time for the shark nets to go. Also or better let the Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Member for Hunter, know that its time for the shark nets to go, .at https://www.facebook.com/JoelFitzgibbonMP
Join us in spirit, physically or in cyberspace in Ceremony and to celebrate Dolphin Freedom on Sep 1st at 11 am This event will be Live Streamed on this page and at www.migaloo2.com from 11 am onwards. We will be doing ceremony with local indigenous people of Fraser island from conservation yacht migaloo 2 and the local dolphins.
If you are involved in an action on this day for the dolphins let me know and i will invite you to the google hangout and live stream your event here as well. Ive been in Hervey Bay with the whales for a month now on migaloo 2 with two to go yeah. Having amazing connection with the whales and dolphins. It’s like they really want us to get it and are coming close. Read more about migaloo 2s projects and keep Informed and subscribe at www.migaloo2.com
to see a video of last years ceremony on sep first 2012 see https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC0OMtg4gU
Click the following link to see our first newsletter from Hervey Bay with the whales
Yiipppeeeee. Just heard a report on the ABC that Woodside petrolium was about to make an announcement that they are going to pull out of constructing the huge Gas hub development at James Price Point in the Kimberlies. Congratulations to everyone who worked and gave energy to creating this result. This are is also a breeding area for humpback whales and this is a great victory for all the whales that will be born in this wilderness area. woooooohhooooooo See the clip of the James Price Point solidarity smoking cerimony we did on migaloo 2 with Goombalar in hervey bay http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MRC0OMtg4gU&list=UUImlX1nCSnKGw6Uj1_U8riQ&index=15
Time to support Paul Watson getting permanent residency/citizenship and an Australian Passport and stop Japans extradition attempt. Following are email contacts for Australian Politicians definitely worth an email, around byron email email@example.com and Tony Bourke Tony.Burke.MP@aph.gov.au plus PM and others.
In response to The Australian Federal Police who are expected to raid the Sea Shepherd ships on their return to Australia, please voice your support for Captain Paul Watson and the Sea Shepherd crews and request they be welcomed back to port as heroes. Email contacts: http://australia.
For some ideas here is a letter from a Sea Shepherd supporter
Dear Prime Minister,
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