Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson says the Government must seek an immediate injunction against the Japanese whaling fleet, amid reports they have changed course and are now heading south, presumably to try and recommence whaling.
"Messages from Sea Shepherd indicate the fleet has turned around and is heading back towards the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, after previously heading north out of the region", Senator Siewert said today.
"It now appears that this was to refuel, and could well have been an attempt from the whalers to break free from the ongoing scrutiny of Sea Shepherd, which has directly contributed to the number of whales taken so far in this year's hunt being one of the lowest on record.
"There is now a serious chance that whaling may resume in a matter of days, so the Government needs to take action and seek an injunction in the International Court of Justice. This is particularly appropriate given recent comments from the Japanese Government reaffirming their nation's commitment to commercial whaling.
"Again, in the absence of Government monitoring, organisations such as Sea Shepherd are the only ones supplying accurate, up to date information about the activities of whalers," Senator Siewert concluded.