Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling has welcomed the release of a circular by the International Whaling Commission confirming that South Korea will not undertake scientific whaling, but says whales are under imminent threat from Japanese whalers and that the time has come for more meaningful action from the Federal Government.
"It is good to see that South Korea have realised that there is absolutely no need for scientific whaling," Senator Siewert said today.
"Australians recognise that whaling is wrong and unnecessary, and yet Japan continues this barbaric industry in the name of so-called scientific whaling.
"In responding to the South Korean announcement, the Australian Government said that action in the International Court of Justice against Japans' whale hunt will not be heard until the latter half of this year.
"This does nothing to help the whales threatened by the imminent hunt in the Southern Ocean.
"People are realising that the Government's talk stands for little in the eyes of the Japanese whaling industry and their Government.
"By maintaining public and political pressure on Japan - through monitoring, diplomatic efforts and strict instructions for the fleet to remain out of Australia's exclusive economic zone, we can do more to make their secretive and disturbing hunt harder to undertake," Senator Siewert concluded.