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International leadership needed to end South Korea whaling bid

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 5 Jul 2012

The Australian Greens have called on the Federal Government to engage fully with South Korea in an attempt to prevent them from undertaking so-called scientific whaling.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Greens spokesperson on Whaling said today that the possibility of more countries engaging in whaling practices was alarming.

“The lie that is scientific whaling cannot be allowed to shield further whaling operations,” Senator Siewert said today.

“Scientific whaling is nothing short of an excuse which allows a brutal and unnecessary commercial industry to continue and it is unacceptable for these practices to spread to other countries.

“Claims that lethal research is needed to provide information about whale stocks, feeding habits and breeding patterns is inaccurate and outdated.

“Lethal research does nothing to improve understanding in these areas. The ongoing, flawed Japanese commitment to whaling is making it clear to the international community that these rules are capable of being manipulated.

“The Government needs to take a stronger role in international leadership on this issue and tell South Korea in no uncertain terms that Australia opposes their proposal,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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