Australia's fight to stop Whaling
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Australia have made it clear to the Japanese Whalers that they are not welcome near Australia's waters.
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ANTI-WHALING group Sea Shepherd says Japanese whalers have harpooned a large minke in Australian Antarctic waters. (#SeaShepherd says #Japanese #whalers have harpooned a large #minke in #Australian #Antarctic waters.

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 ANTI-WHALING group Sea Shepherd says Japanese whalers have harpooned a large minke in Australian Antarctic waters.

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Sea Shepherd Sandwich: Anti-whaling activists rammed by Japanese ships

The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, an anti-whaling lobby group, has released video which it claims shows Japanese vessels intentionally ramming one of it...

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WORLDWIDE: Australia won't monitor Japanese whaling

WORLDWIDE: Australia won't monitor Japanese whaling | Australia's fight to stop Whaling | Scoop.it

The Australian government will use diplomatic channels to convince Japan to put a stop to whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

 

Australia will take diplomatic action to encourage Japan to drop its "scientific whaling" program, amid reports the Japanese fleet has begun its journey south.

 

Environment Minister Tony Burke has restated the government's strong opposition to Japan's whaling expeditions and dismissed Japanese claims that the program is for scientific research.

 

"There is nothing scientific about going out and chasing whales, aiming a harpoon at them, so that you can pull them in and chop them up for food," Mr Burke told reporters in Sydney on Saturday.

 

Australia would lobby Japan to respect a moratorium on whaling in the Southern Ocean, taking "all diplomatic action that a government can take", he said.

 

But Mr Burke said the government would not respond to coalition calls for a customs vessel to be sent to the Southern Ocean to monitor the annual whale hunt.

 

"The information that we have on the way Japan has alternated this each year is that in all likelihood they'll be in the New Zealand search-and-rescue zone anyway," he said.

 

Opposition environment spokesman Greg Hunt on Monday wrote to Prime Minister Julia Gillard saying it was vital an Australian vessel be present in case of any clashes between Japanese whalers and the anti-hunt group Sea Shepherd.

 

"There is a real risk of conflict or collision causing injury, death or a major environmental spill in the event of a sinking," Mr Hunt said.

 

Greens acting leader Adam Bandt says the government should seek a court injunction to stop the whaling.

 

"The government says it wants to do something about it and has commenced proceedings in the court, but it hasn't done the simple thing that would actually stop the whaling, and that is go off and seek an injunction," Mr Bandt told reporters in Melbourne.

 

The Australian government started legal proceedings at the International Court of Justice in May 2010.

 

Both Australia and Japan have filed their detailed written arguments to the court and the case has been set down for oral hearing at The Hague, probably next year.

 

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon said the decision to start legal proceedings was not taken lightly.

 

"The Australian government considers Japan's whaling program is contrary to its international obligations and should stop," Ms Roxon said.

 

Citing the Fisheries Agency, Kyodo News reported on Friday three vessels had left from the far-western port of Shimonoseki, while environmental group Greenpeace said the mother ship had left another port, also in the country's west.

 

The fleet plans to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March, the fisheries agency said earlier.

 

The Australian government had not yet received official confirmation that Japan's annual whaling hunt was beginning, and did not expect to.

 

"Last year there was no stage when the Japanese government actually confirmed its whaling fleet was heading south," Mr Burke said.

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Australia orders Japanese whalers to stay away

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Australia has demanded Japan's whalers leave the southern ocean, after a support vessel for the fleet was found to have entered its waters in pursuit of environmental activists.

The Australian environment minister, Tony Burke, told the whalers they were not welcome in the region following confirmation that the Shonan Maru No 2 had entered the country's exclusive economic zone near Macquarie Island.

"Australia has made it clear to Japan on a number of occasions that vessels associated with its whaling programme are not welcome," Burke said in a statement. "Our embassy in Tokyo has conveyed these sentiments directly to the Japanese government."

The Japanese vessel provides security for the rest of the fleet, which sails to the Southern Ocean every winter to conduct what Tokyo calls scientific research.

The fleet hopes to catch 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales before returning to port in the spring. For the past two years, however, catches have been far lower than planned after clashes with activists from the marine conservation group Sea Shepherd.

The Shonan Maru No 2 tailed the Bob Barker, a Sea Shepherd vessel, for two days earlier this week, according to the group. It remained inside Australia's exclusive economic zone, which stretches 200 nautical miles from Macquarie Island. The Japanese ship stopped just short of Australian territorial waters, which extend 12 nautical miles from the island.

"Tokyo has ignored the call from the federal government for this part of the whaling fleet not to enter the zone," Bob Brown, the former Australian Green party leader, who now leads Sea Shepherd's anti-whaling campaign, told Australian radio.

The body that organises Japan's "scientific" hunts said the fleet had the legal right to enter the zone, and accused Sea Shepherd of using dangerous tactics to stop the hunt.

"Since Sea Shepherd has been putting Japanese lives and property at risk, it's been necessary to move as close to Australian territorial waters as possible to keep an eye on them," Glenn Inwood, a spokesman for the Institute of Cetacean Research, told Associated Press.

Australia, the most vocal international opponent of Japan's whaling programme, has taken its campaign to ban the annual hunts to the international court of justice in The Hague.

The International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, but Japan uses a clause in the moratorium to conduct "lethal research". Meat from the hunts is sold on the open market.

Sea Shepherd, whose members have frustrated the Japanese fleet every winter for the past several years, said it would continue its campaign this season, despite a US court decision late last year banning its vessels from sailing within 500 yards of the whalers.


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Japan Spends Heavily to Keep Whaling Industry Afloat, Report Says

Japan Spends Heavily to Keep Whaling Industry Afloat, Report Says | Australia's fight to stop Whaling | Scoop.it
The report challenges assertions by the Japanese government that whaling is a tradition with wide support among Japanese consumers.

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Japanese people are beginning to reject whale meat and are not buying it in store

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