ACTION: Help protect Australia’s whales from oil and gas exploration
Ever since Australia abandoned whaling and embraced whale conservation, it has been a global leader on the issue. Australia has been an outspoken critic of so-called ‘scientific’ whaling and a bastion for whale watchers. The current government has continued the trend, taking Japan to the International Court of Justice over whaling, and put its money where its mouth is, investing millions in non-lethal whale research in Antarctica as an alternative.
International readers may be surprised to know, therefore, that the Australian government is currently considering allowing oil and gas exploration in whale hotspots along the southern coast of Australia. This will expose multiple whale species including feeding blues whales and southern right whale mothers and calves, to deafening seismic surveys 24-hours a day over weeks and months. Such a step would be completely at odds with Australia’s aspiration to be a global whale conservation leader.
With decisions due from the Australian Environment Minister in the next few days, we need your help more than ever.