Monday 01 January 2018

Japan sticks to its code of misconduct


As 2018 dawns, Japanese catcher vessels are plying the waters of the Southern Ocean looking for minke whales to add to their summer ‘scientific whaling’ tally.

In a Joint Statement Against Whaling last month, Australia, the European Union and its Member States and ten other nations expressed their opposition to Japan’s ‘NEWREP-A’ lethal research program.
 
NEWREP-A was hastily contrived after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) declared in March 2014 that Japan’s Antarctic JARPA II scientific whaling must cease. This ‘revised’ program still delivers hundreds of minke whales to the commercial market in Japan, all neatly processed and packaged in the Antarctic on-board the mother ship, Nisshin Maru, before the ship arrives home.
 
A number of reviews of NEWREP-A, including one by the International Whaling Commission’s own Scientific Committee, have all found the program flawed.
 
This season's quota of 333 whales, issued by the Japanese Government to its whalers, is expected to be met ahead of schedule.
 
Japan’s scientific whaling activities are sure to receive attention at the Scientific Committee meeting being held in Slovenia during April/May this year and at the next full meeting of the Commission in Brazil.
 
In the meantime, Australia must face the fact that diplomatic efforts to have Japan reconsider its stance on whaling since the ICJ case have been ineffective and realise that stronger steps need to be taken.
 


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