Media Release - Australia must act to prevent Japan’s illegal whale slaughter - Brown

Media Release 21 July 2017


The Bob Brown Foundation is calling for government action to match the looming Japanese naval presence with its whaling fleet in the International Whale Sanctuary in Antarctic waters this coming summer.

To quote senior Liberal Greg Hunt in Opposition in 2013: "The (Labor) government should stop turning a blind eye to whaling in our waters and should have a Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean". 77% of Australians back our government sending a ship to oppose the whaling by Japan.

“Environment Minister Frydenberg's criticism of Japan comes with no plan of action. He says the government is 'tireless' in its opposition but in fact it is tiresome, predictable, feeble and ineffective,” Bob Brown said in Hobart today.

“Australia should send naval vessels to our Antarctic waters to make a show against the illegal slaughter of our whales. These are the same whales giving birth in Australian waters right now. The minister has made no mention of going back to the International Court of Justice which ruled against Japan's whale butchery in 2014.”



Jenny Weber
0427 366 929

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