Southern Ocean whaling down, but still too high
Humane Society International (HSI) has welcomed confirmation that the number of whales killed in the Southern Ocean is much reduced, but believes that this number is still too many as no whales should be killed.
On Friday the Japanese Fisheries Minister, Yoshimasa Hayashi, stated that 103 minke whales were killed in the Southern Ocean this season. This is far short of the intended catch of 50 fin whales, 50 humpback whales and 935 minke whales.
“Whilst we welcome the much reduced numbers of whales killed in the Southern Ocean, we still believe that 103 whales too many have suffered unnecessarily,” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI.
“Whaling anywhere is unacceptable, but particularly in light of ongoing international court proceedings, and the HSI-obtained injunction against Japanese whale hunts in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters. HSI will continue to urge the Australian Government to enforce this injunction and we hope this will be the last whaling we see in the Southern Ocean.”
The Humane Society International-obtained Federal Court Order was secured in January 2008 against Japanese whale hunts in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters. The injunction was obtained against Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd., the company responsible for whaling in the Southern Ocean. This important injunction would not have been possible without strong access to courts, which we urge the Federal Government to return in the upcoming changes to federal environmental legislation.