Australian Government must take action as Japanese whalers prepare to kill whales, again

Wednesday, 24 January, 2018

The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW- is urging the Japanese government not to go ahead with its plans to construct a new whaling mother ship. 


According to media reports, this new whaling mother ship symbolises Japan's commitment to whaling for the next 30 to 40 years and indicates that the Japanese Parliament is looking to increase the slaughter of whales from the current annual quota of 333 minke whales a year. This is a deliberate provocation and Malcolm Turnbull’s government must address this issue with Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, as his government remains in breach of an Australian Federal Court ruling. The International Court of Justice ruled in 2014 that Japan's so-called scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean was illegal and not for the purposes of science.


Japan’s routine breaches of Australian and International law over its whaling activities and the Australian government's willingness to turn a blind eye, goes against the wishes of the Australian voting public.  The Australian Government must now speak out and do something to stop Japan slaughtering whales.


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