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Australia Threatens Japan With Court Action Over Whale Hunt


World  (tags: australian government, meetings, lawsuit, whaling, japan, stop by november )

Simone
- 3381 days ago - www1.voanews.com
Japan's foreign minister visits Australia Saturday for bi-lateral talks. Among the topics expected to be discussed is the sensitive issue of whaling. Australia is strongly opposed to Japan's annual whale harvest in the Southern Ocean and has threatened



   

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Past Member (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 11:25 am
Good for Mr. Rudd and Australia! Hope they back it up - Japan's been getting away with it, under false pretenses, way too long! Thanks Simone...
 

Laura H (950)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 12:05 pm
Humans need to leave the whales alone.
The slaughter must stop.
 

Jaclin S (230)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 1:14 pm
TY Simone - let us hope that this action will stop Japan from hunting the whales. Something must stop these attrocious killings!!! Brightest Blessings
 

Patricia C (96)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 2:51 pm
Prime Minister Rudd has put a timeline on stopping the slaughter of whales; November. Evidently this action against the killing has has been threatened over and over, with no complience yet on Japan's part. They will not stop it seems, without MORE serious action from other nations.
Thank you Simone.
 

Rhea P (103)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 4:25 pm
Good for Australia and Mr Rudd!!! Thanks Simone... peace.
 

Bridgid Mote (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 5:15 pm
It seems Japan is completely out of synch with the rest of the world regarding ecology of marine life and whales. I wonder why? If it is simply a matter of viewing whales as a food source, it would seem easier to change their diet than face international condemnation for their slaughter of whales. What other pressure can be brought to bear to tip the scales in favor of conserving these beautiful animals?
 

Care two is lost (252)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 5:37 pm
I sincerely hope that Australia will take action against the whale killers. Sea shepherd and the whales need help.
 

Charley H (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 6:10 pm
great post
 

Erin R (181)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 7:05 pm
Thank you.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday February 20, 2010, 7:23 pm
I hope that something good will come out of it, but I don't expect it to - it seems to me to be more of sabre-rattling and an eye-wash on the part of the Australia govt.
 

. (0)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 12:47 am
Kevin Rudd made pre-election promises/lies to bring Japan to the international court...He has now announced that if Japan does not come to an agreement to stop whaling within ten months (He has taken no action in 2 years) he will take action...Kevin Rudd is full of bullshit and cares only about himself and his political career...Sorry folks but that is the truth.
 

Linda M (0)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 3:33 am
thanks for the post
 

. (0)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 6:25 am
Crikey.... just get on with it and send the Sea Captain in with a couple of good missiles and let them take these bastards out for once and for all
 

Cheryl Ulrich (110)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 10:19 am
I'm with you Chaz ! A green star is coming your way ! Enough is enough ! Does anyone know how to contact this Kevin Rudd fellow ?
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 1:49 pm
The Japanese have already said, they're disapointed in Australia for going to International court because they believe negotions and communication would be the answer. It says it all doesn't it? What's to talk about? Australia has tried and now forced into the international court which will be applied in Nov this year. Why wait, let's do this already.
 

Yulan Lawson (156)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 1:51 pm

Parliament House Contact
PO Box 6022
House of Representatives
Parliament House
Canberra ACT 2600
Tel: (02) 6277 7700
Fax: (02) 6273 4100

For Cheryl Ulrich
 

. (0)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 1:57 pm
"Australia has tried and now forced into the international court which will be applied in Nov this year. Why wait, let's do this already."

Good idea Yulan but Australia has free trade talks with Japan comming up and Oz must not offend Japan until after that. It's just called politics (hypocracy)
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 6:57 pm
KEEP UP THE PRESSURE; International attention is making it more and more difficult for Japan to hunt whales [with the balmy excuse, "It's for Science!"]; and more and more difficult for Australia to do nothing.

The spotlight or searchlight is turned on. It won't go away.
The Sea Shepherd crew has done their share in bringing this about; don't forget!
 

Barbara Tomlinson (431)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 7:01 pm
'Japan's foreign minister visits Australia Saturday for bi-lateral talks. Among the topics expected to be discussed is the sensitive issue of whaling. Australia is strongly opposed to Japan's annual whale harvest in the Southern Ocean and has threatened to take Tokyo to court if the hunt is not stopped by November.

Australia has set a November deadline for Japan to stop whaling in Antarctic waters, or face international court action.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd said he was still hopeful that talks with the Japanese would lead to a negotiated settlement whereby Tokyo would abandon its annual hunt in the Southern Ocean.

Mr. Rudd will be able to deliver his ultimatum in person to Japan's foreign minister, Katsuya Okada, who arrives in Sydney Saturday for pre-arranged talks on trade and military ties.

The Australian leader says his government is committed to international legal action if discussions fail to convince Japan to stop killing whales in the Antarctic. "We have put ourselves onto a timeline. We are working it through with the Japanese but if they do not come at this agreement to reduce [hunting quotas] to zero, we will initiate that action," said Mr. Rudd.

Australia has threatened to seek international legal action before. This latest reference by Mr. Rudd, who is likely to face a general election later this years, has been dismissed as early electioneering by members of the Japanese government.

However, Australia insists it has amassed compelling photographic and video evidence to launch legal action against Japan at the international court of justice in The Hague.

Officials in Tokyo have expressed confidence they would win any legal confrontation, which threatens to destabilize relations between the Asia-Pacific partners.

The two nations approach the issue of whaling from vastly different cultural perspectives.

Australia views whales as irreplaceable giants of the sea whose vitality reflects the health of the oceans.

Many Japanese consider the large mammals as simply a source of food, although consumption of whale meat in Japan has declined.

Australian foreign minister Stephen Smith is confident that disagreements over whaling will not damage the bilateral relationship. "Neither of us will let it get in the way of the strength of what is a fundamentally important relationship between Australia and Japan," he said.

Japan kills about 1,000 humpback and minke whales each year in the Southern Ocean as part of what it calls genuine scientific research.

Australia, and other critics, say the annual hunt is merely a front for commercial whaling, which is banned under international law.

This year's hunt in the Southern Ocean has been punctuated by violent clashes between the Japanese fleet and radical conservationists.'

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HOORAY FOR THOSE "RADICAL CONSERVATIONISTS"!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

. (0)
Sunday February 21, 2010, 7:50 pm
"Mr. Rudd will be able to deliver his ultimatum in person to Japan's foreign minister, Katsuya Okada, who arrives in Sydney Saturday for pre-arranged talks on trade and military ties."

But he won't! Kevin 07 would like to please everyone and strut the worlds' stage as a likeable King. He has actually done nothing for Australia since he was elected Prime Minister. He has spent millions of dollars asking 'committies' what he should do but has done nothing himself...The whales don't have a chance if we leave it to Kevin!...

As an Australian resident I am proud to call myself a Kiwi!
 

. (0)
Monday February 22, 2010, 1:12 am
"HOORAY FOR THOSE "RADICAL CONSERVATIONISTS"!!!!!!!!!!!! "

Sorry but I cannot agree BM...A ship painted black and flying a pirate flag (the scull and crossbones) and intentionally trying to foul the propellors of a ship on the high seas and leave it stranded is hardly diplomatic?

The Sea Shepherd is crewed by idiots who ought to know better and probably do but the wages are good?
 

Past Member (0)
Monday February 22, 2010, 6:44 am
About time someone (or some country) took a stand!!! I am very happy that something is finally being done about this cruelty and the world is realizing what really goes on. Thanks for this useful post and thanks to all who noted it!
 
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