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TransTasman action to save humpbacks

TransTasman action to save humpbacks

The Green Party has called on the Government for more than just a limp-wristed protest to the International Whaling Commission to stop plans for humpback whaling by Japan. "Words are just not enough to stop Japan's plans for this barbaric slaughter," Greens Co-Leader Jeanette Fitzsimons says.

"We are calling on the Government to take serious action. If Japan felt there may be a threat to trade talks or to diplomatic relations with our country, they may be more inclined to shelve this inhumane plan. Challenging the plans in the World Court should also be considered.

"Everybody knows Japan's claims of whaling for 'scientific research' are just a way to get whale meat onto Japanese dinner tables. The humpback whale was almost hunted into extinction. We can not allow it to become a target for Japanese harpoon guns," she says.

"Everyone also knows that Japan can only win majority support at the IWC by shamelessly buying votes from tiny island states which are desperate for financial assistance.

"Humpbacks are often seen from the coast in the South Pacific and are a major thrill for tourists. There will be international outrage over this plan.

Ms Fitzsimons and Australian Green's Senator Bob Brown are working together to develop transTasman action to prevent humpback whaling.

"This may include calls for a boycott of certain Japanese products by consumers both here and in Australia, Ms Fitzsimons says.

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