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No compromise on halting all whaling.



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NO COMPROMISE ON HALTING ALL WHALING

Media Release | Spokesperson Rachel Siewert Tuesday 3rd February 2009, 2:30pm

A ‘compromise' package put forward by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) that

would see radical changes to Japan's whaling operations is little more than an attempt to

validate a commercial whaling industry, say the Australian Greens.

"The IWC seems to be more about the politics of appeasement rather than the protection of

whales," said Australia n Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

The proposal allows for either; a phasing out of Japan's Southern Ocean operations in

exchange for allowing an unspecified catch of minke whales in Japan's coastal waters; or

allowing Southern Ocean whaling operations to continue if Japan adheres to annual limits set

by the IWC's Scientific Committee.

"Australians are strongly against all whaling. It doesn't matter whether it's off Albany, off

Antarctica or in the Sea of Japan - whaling should be banned."

"Aside from obvious concerns about the impact of whaling on populations worldwide, some

of those that exist within Japan's coastal waters are also threatened species," said Senator

Siewert.

"Australia should not be supporting this deal - one that ultimately allows Japan to continue

hunting and slaughtering whales, regardless of where it occurs."

"A whale in the North Pacific is no less important than a whale in the Southern Pacific. The

Federal government should not allow whales to be cynically traded in this way. Australia

must stand firm in opposing whaling."

"Australians will not stand for the IWC validating the slaughter of our global whale

population. We will never see true action towards total cessation of whaling operations if we

allow the issue to be horse-traded," she concluded.

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