Antarctic whale killing set to resume these holidays
Humane Society International (HSI) has today expressed its severe disappointment that Japanese whalers are making their way south to the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary once again, with the intent to kill almost one thousand whales. HSI expects the whaling fleet to reach the Southern Ocean and start their annual killing spree sometime between Christmas and the New Year.
“This Christmas, HSI’s thoughts will be with the hundreds of whales that are in the firing line of the Japanese Government,” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI. “The continuing slaughter of almost one thousand whales in Antarctica every year is totally unjustified and immensely cruel.”
“Earlier this year, 103 Antarctic minke whales were killed in this Japanese program. This included 53 females, of which 47% were pregnant, and 51% were immature animals. This is further evidence, if needed, of the gruesome nature of the whaling operations.”
“In June, the International Court of Justice met to consider this very issue, and the panel of international judges have begun their deliberations. For Japan to continue targeting whales as part of a so-called ‘scientific whaling’ program whilst these deliberations are still underway is totally unacceptable,” concluded Ms Wellbelove.
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 over the Christmas period as the fleet continues south.