Whale killing to start once again
Once again, Japanese whalers are making their way to the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, with the intent to kill almost one thousand whales. Humane Society International (HSI) expects the whaling fleet to reach the Southern Ocean and start their annual killing spree any day.
“Last year, over one third of the 266 whales killed were pregnant females – this is totally unacceptable. It is time the Japanese Government called an end to its so called ‘scientific whaling’ program once and for all,” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI. “We urge the Australian Government to closely monitor the whaling fleet whilst it is in Australian waters.”
This continued hunting is not only an act of bad faith in the face of Australia’s ongoing legal case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Japan’s ‘scientific whaling’ program, but also a breach of the Humane Society International-obtained Federal Court Order, the injunction secured in January 2008 against Japanese whale hunts in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters. The injunction was obtained against Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd., the company responsible for whaling in the Southern Ocean.
HSI is available for comment on these issues as the fleet continues south.