In protest at the Japanese government’s sponsorship of illegal whaling in the Antarctic sanctuary, iPhone developer Strange Flavour (creator of SlotZ Racing and Flick Sports Fishing) tells us it will be donating all the proceeds from the Japanese App Store to sea life conservationist charity, Sea Shepherd.
Strange Flavour says it can no longer trade in a country where the tax money from its games is used to subsidise the illegal extermination of an endangered species.
“While donating our proceeds from the Japanese App Store is very minor in the scheme of things, we’d like the Japanese government to see that the antics of its illegal whaling industry are both embarrassing Japan and its people and causing it to lose face in a world where modern nations are realising the need to protect the environment and work together to avoid the extinction of critical species,” says Strange Flavour managing director Aaron Fothergill.
The decision has been fully supported by Strange Flavour’s publisher Freeverse, as its president Ian Lynch confirms: “Our development partner Strange Flavour's passion for games is only matched by their ardent concern for our planet. Freeverse respects their decision and joins them in urging an immediate end to all illegal whaling."
Apparently, Sea Shepherd has met with considerable antagonism in Japanese waters, with acoustic weaponry and metal projectiles having been fired upon the society’s helicopter, and attempts to ram it’s ship from the whaling waters.
“All we can do is show our disgust at the illegal whalers and the government that wastes its tax payer’s money in propping up their loss making industry,” Fothergill continues. “We hold our Japanese gamers in the highest respect, so we decided to do this rather than penalise them by removing our games from sale in Japan.”
Good work, fellas. For more info on the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, head on over to its official site right here.