Japan have withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling.
Let’s forget about what governments can do for the moment.
What can we do about it?
Sea Shepherd will be considering that question.
Is vigilantism ever justified?
Sea Shepherd have done many bold things to protect marine animals. Many have worked. They are brave, and at least as good as Greenpeace in maximising bravery for the media. Maybe better.
But they also go one extra step.
They operate in very dangerous polar seas undertaking high risk confrontations.
I suspect Sea Shepherd t-shirts are going to fly off the shelves.
It’s also worth considering what united consumer power can do to Japan’s export-sensitive economy.
The political economy of global consumer power will unite in new forms concerning Japanese meat products. Is global consumer power now more powerful than governments?
With its first televised whale kill, Japan is about to find out.