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Japanese Government increasingly desperate to avoid whaling scrutiny

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 19 Dec 2012

The Australian Greens say the Japanese Government is taking increasingly desperate action to continue the brutal annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean.

A court ruling in the US has seen an injunction granted that prevents Sea Shepherd going within 450 metres to the Japanese fleet. 

“The Japanese Government is now using the US Court system to try and stop Sea Shepherd’s work, because they know how effective Sea Shepherd are at preventing them from killing whales. In fact they are the body most successful in preventing whales being killed in the Southern Ocean,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling said today.

“While it is unlikely that this judgement will be enforceable in the Southern Ocean, the Japanese Government will no doubt be hoping that it leads to future legal problems for Sea Shepherd in the US.

“The Japanese are simply looking to remove all obstacles from their sham-research activities, which continues to provide a front for a failing trade in whale meat. 

“This is an tremendous double standard for the Japanese Government, whose whaling activities are in contravention of Australia’s EPBC Act and who use research as a front to kill whales.

“If the Japanese Government is so concerned with the legal process, why do they continue to breech Australian laws and International conventions?

“It would be grossly unfair if this action affects Sea Shepherd in the US, given the glacially slow movement of the international legal action against Japanese whaling.

“If stronger international action was taken against Japan – including from the Australian Government – then Sea Shepherd would not need to make the dangerous trip to Antarctica to prevent whales being killed,” Senator Siewert concluded.

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