McCully condemns “scientific” whaling
Hon Murray McCully
of Foreign Affairs
2014 Media Statement
McCully condemns “scientific”
Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully
today condemned the resumption of so-called “scientific”
whaling in the Southern Ocean.
suggests the Japanese fleet has commenced whaling for the
current season,” Mr McCully says.
“The practice of
whaling in the oceans south of New Zealand is pointless and
offensive to a great many New Zealanders.
Zealand Government has repeatedly called on Japan to end its
whaling programme. We reiterate this message today.”
Zealand has formally lodged an intervention before the
International Court of Justice in the case brought by
Australia against Japanese whaling in the Southern Ocean.
The case is still before the court.
Mr McCully says
reports by Sea Shepherd that whaling occurred in New Zealand
sovereign waters are factually wrong.
“New Zealand has
responsibility for co-ordinating search and rescue
operations in a large area in the Southern Ocean, however
these are international waters and not within New
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