3 Jul 2009

Netherlands bows to Japenese whalers and seeks to ban Sea Shepherd

The Netherlands wants to ban the controversial anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd from sailing under the Dutch flag. Public Works State Secretary Tineke Huizinga said Friday she wants to amend the law quickly to make this possible.

The American organisation Sea Shepherd has two ships sailing under the Dutch flag. The Netherlands provided the necessary certificate of registry for this in 2007, after Sea Shepherd had promised in writing not to use violence and to comply with the safety rules. Nonetheless, a number of incidents have taken place between Sea Shepherd ships and Japanese whalers in the Antarctic.

Japan has repeatedly complained to the Netherlands about the Sea Shepherd. It appears difficult at the moment to take action against ships that do not comply with the rules, so the cabinet wants to speedily extend its legal options for withdrawing certificates of registry.


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colinF said...

Sea Shepherd has done a sterling job to uphold the public interest and it ill behoves weak-kneed governments to impede Sea Shepherd's ability to a strong and active protest.

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Anonymous said...

Where do we go if we don't want sea sheperds associated with us the dutch people...

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