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Sea Shepherd Releases Suppressed Whaling Footage

Sea Shepherd Releases Suppressed Whaling Footage

The footage was obtained after a joint effort started in 2012 using the Freedom of Information process by the worldwide environmental activist group Sea Shepherd, the Environmental Defenders Office NSW and the Humane Society global Australia.

Sea Shepherd initiated a freedom of information (FOI) request in 2012 to obtain the film from the Australian department of border protection, but was repeatedly refused with the government citing potential damage to "international relations". "The main reason given was that the images of this horrific slaughter would harm diplomatic relationships with Japan", said Hansen.

Sea Shepherd decided not to send ships this year to follow the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean.

"This footage shows the bloody brutality, cruelty and senseless killing of such handsome, intelligent and majestic animals".

Labor MP Tony Burke, who was federal Environment Minister during Australia's legal action against Japan, has called on the current government do more to protect whales in the Southern Ocean.

Hansen says: "Now is the time for the Australian Government to live up to its pre-election promises and send a vessel to oppose whaling by Japan".

"The Australian government has chosen to side with the poachers instead of defending the whales of the Southern Ocean".

Sea Shepherd has called on the Australian government to take Japan to an global tribunal for failing to protect whales.

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The representative of Japan countered that its research whaling is completely for scientific purposes and has not affected the species' population.

Shocking footage of whaling in Australian waters has just been released.

A spokesman from the Japanese embassy said its whale "research" program was carried out "in accordance with the International Convention for Regulation of Whaling".

Should the mission find any violation in Tokyo's hunting of sei whales, the CITES Standing Committee would be able to recommend Japan halt their trade.

Canberra has spoken out against commercial and "so-called "scientific" whaling" in the Southern Ocean.

The Australian customs footage from 2008 was used in Australia's whaling case against Japan in the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

A committee under an global treaty to protect wildlife will dispatch an investigation team to gather information on Japan's research whaling program and verify any violations of the pact.


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