Preparing to leave Byron Bay for Brisbane for an anti-whaling protest are (from left) Helio Matahari, Dean Jefferys and Amy Camilleri.
Preparing to leave Byron Bay for Brisbane for an anti-whaling protest are (from left) Helio Matahari, Dean Jefferys and Amy Camilleri.

Protest targets Japanese car dealers

Amy Camilleri of Suffolk Park loves the ocean and whales.
That’s why she joined an anti-whaling protest that left Byron Bay on Monday for Brisbane.
Along with about 20 or 30 other protestors, the group converged on six major Japanese car retailers in Brisbane to put economic pressure on Japan by encouraging consumers to boycott Japanese products and services.
The protest started just south of Nissan at Springwood and proceeded to Suzuki, Toyota, Honda, Mazda and Mitsubishi.
Conservationists delivered a notice to representatives of the companies explaining why they believe Japan should stop killing whales and why they are being targeted.
Dean Jefferys from the Byron Whale Action said he couldn’t understand why Japan was prepared to keep killing these majestic defenceless whales and disgracing itself internationally just to satisfy the desires of a few of the old guard within the Japanese fishing industry.
"This is why we are now are calling on consumers around the world to boycott Japanese products and services like these new Japanese cars to pressure Japan to stop this barbaric practice,” he said.
Amy said she had heard of Dean’s work and wanted to help.
“It’s easy to attend a meeting or give some money to the cause, but I wanted to do something positive, so I joined the protest,” she said.

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