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Australia Misses the Boat in the Fight Against Illegal Whaling

Australia Misses the Boat in the Fight Against Illegal Whaling

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has embarked on its tenth annual campaign to stop the slaughter of whales in the Southern Ocean, but it’s missing the support of a customs ship that was promised by the government.

Australia has taken a strong stance against whaling, specifically Japan’s supposed “research” whaling,  and supports the global moratorium that was established decades ago. In a show of support for whales, the Minister for the Environment, Greg Hunt, made a pre-election promise last May to send a customs vessel – the Ocean Protector – to monitor whalers and ensure there are no conflicts if Japanese ships returned in violation of an injunction that was issued in 2008.

Japan has long been using and abusing a loophole in the moratorium that allows for lethal scientific research and has continued to kill whales in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary where they’re protected by international law.

Now the government is being accused of breaking its election promise after an announcement was made over the weekend that a plane would instead be used from January to March to observe any potential clashes between Sea Shepherd and Japanese whaling vessels.

Clashes seem inevitable for Operation Relentless as Sea Shepherd’s three ships, the Bob Barker, the Steve Irwin and the Sam Simon, are left on their own to intervene and protect whales from the Japanese ships that are already on their way to kill them in a manner that isn’t just cruel, but also threatens vulnerable populations.

“The Japanese whaling fleet intends to kill 1,035 whales of which 50 are endangered fin whales and 50 are endangered humpback whales, the very same whales that frequent the shores here off Australia,” Captain Peter Hammarstedt told the AFP.

The government has raised further accusations about not wanting to get its hands dirty or upset Japan and has drawn some harsh criticism for leaving an NGO to do its job for it. Technically, an Australian customs vessel would have to intervene and would require Japanese vessels to leave the area if they’re caught whaling, but not much can be done from a plane to stop conflicts or deal with whalers.

“Prime Minister Abbott and Greg Hunt have harpooned the Christmas hope that they would keep their word. They are effectively turning a blind eye to the Japanese slaughter because they have been advised that, otherwise, they would have to intervene and enforce the Federal Court injunction against the slaughter,” said Sea Shepherd Australia’s Chair, Dr. Bob Brown.

Last year’s Operation Zero Tolerance was marked as the most successful to date, saving hundreds of whales from violent deaths and sending whalers home far short of their annual quota. Hopefully they’ll be even more successful this year.

Meanwhile, Australia has brought the issue of whaling to the International Court of Justice, arguing that Japan’s alleged “research whaling” is breach of the country’s international treaty obligations and that research can be conducted through non-lethal means. A decision that could bring Japanese whaling to an end is expected sometime in early 2014.

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12:12PM PST on Feb 6, 2014

Please send the ocean protector to the southern seas to help protect those magnificent mammals.

6:41AM PST on Jan 7, 2014

Don't worry S. Japan has enough Tsunami and earthquake to sink the whole nation as they are so evil. I stop donating to that country when they have a disaster because I don't want the evil to come back and ruin this planet!!!! Of course, I'm just a minor contributor but that's just my way of showing support to all innocent animals, instead of supporting evil, that sum goes to animal shelters.

5:47PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

Australia's "prime minister" is obviously a sociopath, just like Canada's "Harper". He's a Chinese stooge and a criminal who should be marched to prison and kept there for the rest of his criminal life. Why do these type of psychos keep sleazing their way into governments?

5:43PM PST on Jan 4, 2014

What is the problem with China and most of Asia? They are far, far less than animals and not even qualified to be called human.. Asian countries don't have any culture whatsoever but personal greed, no matter how much they pretend or claim otherwise.. The worthless trash peoples of "modern" Asian countries don't deserve the polluted oxygen they breathe.

5:46PM PST on Jan 2, 2014

Australia needs to stand up against the heinous killing of whales by the Japanese instead of pusssy footing around this nation who knows nothing about the human decency and would never stop killing whales in such senseless barbaric slaughter because that is all what they they as its deep in their dam DNA! You want to be part of a civilised world, well then behave like one and and your vile repulsive killings of these mammals who have more morals than Japan as a nation!! Sickening cruelty is very hard to remove from a nations's culture and tradition when they they are still getting their kicks and pleasure from such unspeakable slaughter of whales and other mammals. Australia has nothing to be proud of on this issue, just a lot of hot empty air by our Government empty Ministers!

2:19PM PST on Jan 1, 2014

happy new year to all living beings on earth

10:27AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

TYFS

2:24AM PST on Dec 31, 2013

Thank you

10:03PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

enough is enough When will the world grow balls against japan and their whaling? i am so sick of that country If i had any say in rebuilding it after we bombed the crap out of it, then japan would NEVER have received 1 oz of help from the USA SHAME on JAPAN they are arrogant selfish ,heartless,despicable excuses for humans

7:33PM PST on Dec 30, 2013

thank you for sharing... shame on them for missing the boat

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