Court orders delivered to whalers in Tokyo
A representative of Humane Society International (HSI) has hand delivered a court order to the Japanese whaling company at their headquarters in Tokyo today.
Last week the Australian Federal Court ordered that the company, Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd (KSK), cease whaling in the Australian Whale Sanctuary in Australia’s Antarctic waters.
HSI’s Nicola Beynon travelled to Tokyo to hand deliver the court order to the whaling company. The order has also been faxed and posted to the company. This demonstrates to the Federal Court that every effort has been made to ensure the company is made aware of the Court’s instruction.
If the company defies the court order and continues hunting whales in the Australian Whale Sanctuary they could be found to be in contempt of court and further action could be taken against them.
The company has a permit from the Japanese Government to kill up to 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales and the majority of these whales will be killed within the Australian Whale Sanctuary this summer.
Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha’s employees in Tokyo refused to accept the court papers from Ms Beynon and a Japanese interpreter, so the documents were left at the feet of the KSK employee, in accordance with the Court’s rules of service. Showing their disrespect for Australian law and the wishes of the Australian people, the KSK staff told Ms Beynon that “the court documents would be thrown away immediately”.
“HSI is demanding the company comply with the Australian Federal Court orders and for the Australian Government to use every means possible to ensure the orders are enforced,” said Ms Beynon.