FOR AN IMPORTANT UPDATE, SEE PAGE 3 OF THIS THREAD, POST DATED 1 APRIL 2006, or for a quick link to new subject matter, click here ......... The original thread started here Group fires at Sealord over whaling link Print this story Email this story to a friend Email Alert Whales being pulled onto a boat Nov 27, 2005 An American activist group is calling for a boycott of New Zealand's largest seafood company, Sealord, because one of it's major shareholders is involved in Japan's whaling programme. Earth Island Institute wants the Sealord group to disassociate itself from it's Japanese partner Nissui because of it's involvement in Japan's controversial scientific whaling programme. Earth Island is the second-most powerful marine activist group in America. "You can't really save the whales if Nissui's out there killing them at the same time you're buying Sealord products," says Mark Berman, the Associate Director of Earth Island Institute. "Nissui is a whale killing company - it's on paper. It's a well known fact they have a cannery that produces cans of whale meat," says Berman. Sealord is 50% owned by several Maori shareholder groups, and the Japanese own the other half. The relationship between Sealord and Nissui began in 2002. Sealord's Chief Executive Doug Mckay confirmed any dividend payments are shared 50-50 with their Japanese partner, but says Earth Island's threats are unjustified. "Sealord does not have a problem with what Nissui does in it's own patch," says McKay. "(Nissui) are one of the industry participants in their Japanese government's scientific research programme on whaling, which is well-canvassed, well-debated (and) well-understood through the International Whaling Commission," says Mckay. Earth Islands claim that the Japanese government's programme is bogus, and will be asking shoppers for support. Consumers are being urged to tell the owners of stores not to stock it on the shelves Doug McKay is calling the conservationists' campaign - which is planned for the new year - "commercial terrorism".