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4 February 2008 - Government witholds evidence from international court case      


4 February 2008

Humane Society International (HSI) has had confirmation from the Attorney General’s office that evidence of whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary, gathered by the Oceanic Viking, will not be made available to HSI.

HSI had hoped to obtain the evidence to bring Contempt of Court proceedings against the Japanese whaling company if they defy the Australian federal court ruling that the hunt be stopped. HSI will now have to wait until the Japanese Government presents the evidence themselves to the International Whaling Commission in June. Every year the Japanese Government presents a “cruise report” containing all the gruesome statistics of their whale hunt, which maps the location of each whale killed.

HSI is extremely disappointed that the evidence won’t be made available to us so that we can intensify the pressure on the whaling company under Australian law.

However, HSI remains very supportive of the international court case the Rudd Government is gathering evidence for.

HSI first outlined the international court case that could be brought against Japan in 1998. It has been a long time coming.

“We urge the Rudd Government to commence proceedings against the Japanese Government in the International Tribunal of the Law of the Sea immediately,” said Nicola Beynon, HSI’s Wildlife and Habitats Program Manager.


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