Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, representing ‘all Australians’, should condemn Japan’s planned resumption of whaling on Monday, after this weekend’s G20 summit of world leaders ends, Australian environmentalist Bob Brown said today.
‘Scott Morrison should not squib telling Prime Minister Abe Shinzo of Australia’s abhorrence of the whale slaughter in the north Pacific,’ Brown said. ‘With Japanese whale consumption reportedly down from 200,000 tonnes per annum a few decades ago to just 5,000 tonnes last year, Morrison should encourage Abe to put an end to this lingering horror show, just as Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser put an end to it in Australia in 1978,’ said Dr Brown.
The Japan Times reports that Japan’s ‘fleet of vessels will depart from Kushiro, Hokkaido, on July 1 as Japan resumes commercial whaling following a three-decade hiatus after the government announced its withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission in December ...’.
A fleet of five vessels belonging to six whaling operators will set out on Monday. Whaling operators are making final arrangements with relevant bodies to hold a ceremony the day they set sail from Kushiro.
Scores of whales will be cruelly put to death using grenade-tipped harpoons.
This year Japan ended its illegal whaling in Antarctic waters.