Sunday 22 November 2015

Japanese whalers fined $1 million for taking whales in Australian waters


In an action brought against Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha Ltd by Humane Society International (HSI), the Federal Court of Australia has found the Japanese whaling company guilty of contempt of court for continuing to kill whales within the Australian Whale Sanctuary (AWS). Kyodo has been ordered to pay fines totalling A$1 million.

 

The contempt case was based on a ruling by the Federal Court in 2008, in another proceeding initiated by HSI. The Court found that Kyodo was breaking Australian law by killing whales within the AWS and that it must stop. Kyodo ignored the ruling, taking whales from within the AWS on a number of occasions since the injunction.

 

Legal pressure against Japan and its whaling industry is mounting. Only last year, International Court of Justice declared that Japan’s entire lethal whale research program in the Southern Ocean was not scientific and must stop.

 

It remains to be seen what action the Australian Government will take if Japanese whalers enter Antarctic waters in 2015/16.



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