Anonymous wades into Japan's anti-whaling battle
Hackactivist collective plans #OpKillingBay to attack Japanese government websites in protest of dolphin slaughter.
Anonymous is calling for a collective protest
against the Japanese tradition of whale and dolphin hunting. The group is threatening to attack
22 Japanese websites, including those of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.
There is also a day of action planned
on December 1. Activists are using #OpKillingBay
to demand an end to the practice in the whaling town of Taiji, which was made infamous by the Oscar-winning documentary "The Cove
Still think this is a game, #Taiji Japan? mod.go.jp
taken down by #Anonymous We do not forgive. #OpKillingBay
#IMATA #WAZA #FedEx #JapanAir can Expect Cyber attacks in the following weeks. We do not Forget #OpKillingBay
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#OpKillingBay here is the #TwitterStorm time. December 1st 1:00pm 2013 Expect us #Japan
There is also a petition
online encouraging netizens to support the cause.
Critics of the campaign questioned the effectiveness of online activism. They also said Taiji dolphins are not endangered
The Japanese government has defended
its position, claiming that it captures whales only for research...
We are rather concerned that certain NGOs and the media are spreading misinformation on this issue to the public to provoke an emotional reaction against our activities which could make dialogue difficult. For example, this activity is not commercial whaling (although some NGOs have stated differently). The research employs both lethal and non-lethal research methods and is carefully designed by scientists to study the whale populations and ecological roles of the species. We limit the sample to the lowest possible number, which will still allow the research to derive meaningful scientific results. The research plan and its results are annually reviewed by the IWC Scientific Committee.
Taiji is currently the focus of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which has traveled
to the town to live-stream video of the cove. They are also tweeting about the situation from the account @CoveGuardians
Thanks to AnonOps India for alerting us to the story via Facebook.
Dear editors at AlJazeera. Kindly provide indepth coverage on the slaughter of dolphins in Taiji, Japan. Media silence on this issue strengthens the brutality. The CoveGuardians keep documenting the killings EVERYDAY, something which the media has never bothered to do. Just today, a dozen Risso dolphins were killed at the Cove. I urge you to cover this story! #OpKillingBay