The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, provides the following comments on the announcement of the new Japanese Whaling program for 2015/16 and beyond.
Senator Whish-Wilson said “Japan has issued themselves a permit to kill nearly 4000 Minke Whales in Antarctic waters. They want to put 333 whales on the butcher’s block, every year for the next twelve years.
“The Liberal government has abandoned the leadership that had been shown by successive Australian governments for the last 30 years when they said they would put trade deals ahead of whaling in their relations with Japan.
“Prime Minister Abbott has deliberately avoided raising whaling in his many meetings with Japanese Prime Minister, Shinzo Abe.
“Greg Hunt’s once routine habit as Opposition Spokesperson for the Environment in calling for the Australian PM to raise whaling with the Japanese PM has strangely lapsed upon entering government.
“The Australian Greens have said over and over that the ICJ Court case would not be sufficient to stop the harpoon boats returning. The Government needed to pile on the diplomatic pressure, but instead they ignored the issue.
“This decision by the Japanese whalers to return to the Southern Ocean is a travesty. The only quota that the Australian people will accept is zero,” he concluded.
The Greens Spokesperson for Whaling, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson