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21st June - HSI welcomes appointment of new Whale Commissioner      

HSI welcomes appointment of new Whale Commissioner

21 June, 2016

Humane Society International (HSI) has today welcomed the appointment of Dr Nick Gales as Australia’s new Commissioner to the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

This appointment comes at a crucial time for Australia’s participation at the IWC. Having secured a historic win at the International Court of Justice, at which Dr Gales was a key witness, Japan appears hell bent on continuing whaling in the Southern Ocean.

HSI’s Senior Program Manager Alexia Wellbelove said today, “HSI looks forward to working with the new Commissioner to ensure that Australia maintains a strong pro conservation position at the IWC, including taking every opportunity to voice its displeasure at Japan’s ongoing whaling program in the Southern Ocean and beyond. Diplomatic efforts to end whaling must extend beyond the IWC, and include diplomatic approaches to Japan at the highest level. The new Government must also commit to sending a vessel to monitor any future whaling activities in the Southern Ocean to gain further information for possible legal cases.

In 2015 the Federal Court handed Japanese whaling company Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha the largest ever contempt of court fine of $1 million under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999 following HSI’s successful legal case. HSI has urged the Commonwealth Government to support action to retrieve, through international or domestic law, that debt from Kyodo.


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