Australia Joins New Zealand to Help Stop Japan's Whaling Hunt
Australia has reiterated its opposition to Japan’s whaling expedition in the Southern Ocean at the International Whaling Commission this week.
At the meeting, Australia’s environmental minister, Greg Hunt, said, “Australia’s opposition to all forms of commercial whaling remains unchanged,” while also adding that Japan must incorporate the ruling of the International Court of Justice from March, which found that Japan’s whaling program was unscientific and that it must end in the Southern Ocean (though the North Pacific wasn’t included in the case, and therefore, can continue).
Hunt said Australia supports a global moratorium on all commercial whaling, and is throwing its weight behind New Zealand’s resolution, which is set to be unveiled at the International Whaling Commission (IWC).
According to the Guardian UK, that new resolution proposes that strict new standards “must be met for scientific whaling, with a strong bias towards non-lethal methods for analyzing whales.” Also permits will be determined by the full commission, rather than the scientific committee, which would mean Japan wouldn’t be able to obtain one until 2016 because the IWC meets every two years.
It’s hoped by conservationists that Australia’s intervention will send a strong signal to Japan. Japan’s whaling industry has killed more than 8,000 Antarctic minke whales and other protected whale species under the guise of science, and it’s been reported that Japan’s whaling produces more sushi than science.
Let’s hope Japan gets the message and stops this horrible, and very unscientific, killing spree now.