WHALERS SET TO DEFY AUSTRALIAN COURT ORDER
This Christmas holiday, Japanese whalers will be welcoming the New Year by hunting great whales in the Southern Ocean. This continued hunting is not only an act of bad faith in the face of Australia’s ongoing legal case in the International Court of Justice (ICJ) against Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling program, but also a breach of the HSI-obtained federal court order, the injunction secured in January 2008 against Japanese whale hunts in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters.
“The continuing slaughter of almost one thousand whales in Antarctica every year is totally unjustified” said Alexia Wellbelove of HSI. “Japan continues to operate in a ‘business as usual’ manner despite the Australian court order, the international legal action currently underway and international condemnation of its actions.”
“HSI has calculated from last year’s reports that 185 female minke whales or 69% of females slaughtered were either pregnant or lactating, further evidence of the gruesome nature of the whaling operations.”
“HSI welcomes the action taken by the Australian Government, challenging the legality of Japan’s scientific whaling program. In light of the bad faith shown by the Japanese whalers, we urge Australia to also seek an injunction against whaling to protect these great whales.”
Although, sadly, it is too late for the whales for this season, an injunction would ensure no further whales are hunted whilst the ICJ case is underway, resulting in the saving of thousands of whales.
This year, the Japanese whaling fleet is expected to undertake part of the hunt in Australia’s Antarctic territorial waters, in breach of the federal court order. HSI repeats our call to the Australian Government to enforce the Federal Court injunction against the Japanese whale hunt.