Parliament

Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 

Japanese Minke Whaling Fleet Condemned

The Minister of Conservation Sandra Lee said today it was deplorable that Japan is yet again sending a whaling fleet to Antarctica to kill minke whales.

"It is deplorable that Japan plans to continue with its slaughter of hundreds of minke whales in a whale sanctuary," Ms Lee said. "I deeply regret this decision and once again call on Japan to stop this despicable move. "

A fleet of five vessels is due to leave from Shimonoseki port in western Japan within the next day, and plans to catch up to 440 minke whales during a six-month period in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.

“Japan’s assertions that this whaling is necessary for scientific research purposes are unfounded," Ms Lee said.

"The International Whaling Commission and its scientific committee agreed in 1997 that the only scientific research required for the management of minke whales in the Southern Hemisphere can be carried out by non-lethal means," she said.

“It is also known that the money raised from the commercial sale of minke whale meat is the single most important contributor to the running costs of the Cetacean Research Institute in Tokyo, which is carrying out the whaling operation.

“The Japanese decision is doubly tragic in that some of the whales that will be killed in their Antarctic feeding grounds will have spent time in Australian and New Zealand waters.

"Japan was the only country to object to the establishment of the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary in 1994 and is the only country that has undermined the IWC’s authority by killing whales in the sanctuary.

“Minke whales are not cockroaches of the sea as one senior Japan Fisheries Agency official has asserted," Ms Lee said. "At the last International Whaling Commission meeting in July there was no agreement as to how many minke whales are in the Southern Ocean but there are strong indications that their numbers may be in decline.

"We do not know how much of this decline may be attributed to so-called scientific whaling and how much may be due to other factors, such as global climate change.

"Whatever the cause, more unnecessary killing will not be condoned," Ms Lee said.

“The IWC has repeatedly called on Japan to abandon its lethal scientific whaling project which has killed over 5000 minke whales in the past 12 years. This does nothing but harden New Zealand's already strong resolve to continue to challenge and confront Japan over its actions.

"The next International Whaling Commission meeting, to be held next year will be a tough one, as it is being hosted in Shimonoseki in Japan, the home base of the ‘research whaling’ fleet. But New Zealand will be there to continue the struggle to protect our oceans,” Ms Lee said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell: On The Tax Working Group’s Road Map

Trying to analyse the interim report on the Tax Working Group (TWG) is like trying to review an entire All Blacks game, but at the half- time mark.

With so much still to be finalised, Sir Michael Cullen and his colleagues are going to need all the All Blacks’ fabled finishing skills to get a coherent, fiscally neutral package together by the February 2019 deadline. More>>

 

Meth Testing Report: Housing NZ "To Right Wrong"

Phil Twyford “Housing NZ acknowledges that around 800 tenants suffered by either losing their tenancies, losing their possessions, being suspended from the public housing waiting list, negative effects on their credit ratings or, in the worst cases, being made homeless.” More>>

ALSO:

No Reshuffle: Meka Whaitiri Removed As A Minister

Meka Whaitiri will be removed as a Minister with immediate effect... The decision was made after receiving a report into an incident that occurred on 27 August in Gisborne, involving Meka Whaitiri and one of her staff. More>>

ALSO:

Pay Equity Bill: Making History For Women’s Pay

The Equal Pay Amendment Bill, introduced to the House today, will make it easier for workers to make a pay equity claim , using a more simple and accessible process within New Zealand’s existing bargaining framework. More>>

ALSO:

Suffrage 125: NZ A Trailblazer For Women

“We acknowledge the work of Kate Sheppard, Meri Te Tai Mangakāhia, and all of the suffragists who tirelessly campaigned for the vote… Today we also need to ask each other: how we can continue to make our country a fairer and better place to continue the legacy of the suffragists.” More>>

ALSO:

Asylum: Refugee Quota Increasing To 1500

“The quota increase will take place from July 2020. In the meantime, we will work to increase the number and spread of refugee resettlement and support services. We need to make sure we’re prepared for this change in policy.” More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels