Whale vote good news, but does not stop whaling
MEDIA RELEASE – Anthony Albanese MP – 22 June 2005
The vote at the International Whaling Commission against a return to commercial whaling is an important victory.
It sends a clear message that the international community does not support commercial whaling and will be welcomed by all who have campaigned against whaling.
Unfortunately, the result will not stop Japan engaging in scientific whaling.
Japan is not killing whales for science – they are killing them for lunch.
The result will not stop more whale blood in Australian waters.
The Howard Government should take Japan to the International Court of Justice to end the barbaric slaughter of whales once and for all.
At the domestic level, Australian law is very clear. Whaling in the Australian Antarctic Territory is illegal.
Whales in Australian waters are protected by Australian law.
It is time the Howard Government enforced its own laws and stopped the illegal slaughter of whales in Australian waters.
It is worth remembering that in January 2005, the Attorney-General, Phillip Ruddock, intervened in Court to side with Japan and stop Humane Society International enforcing the prohibition on whaling in Australian waters.