Australian push helps preserve whaling ban
JAPAN has failed in its bid to overturn a 32-year ban on commercial whaling in a win for the Australian Government and conservationists.
The International Whaling Commission has rejected the proposal from Japan, which argued whale populations had recovered sufficiently.
The vote was defeated 41 to 27 on Friday after a five-day meeting in Brazil.
The commission also rejected attempts to weaken its powers and establish catch limits for commercial whaling.
Japan, Norway and Iceland continue to hunt whales each year in defiance of the ban.
Australia has been one of Japan’s biggest critics and was one of three countries out of the total 75 nations present to send a ministerial representative to the conference in Brazil.
“The Australian Government worked hard with partner countries in the commission to achieve this outcome,” Assistant Minister for International Development and the Pacific, Senator Anne Ruston, said.
“Our delegation’s strong advocacy was successful in having the Japanese proposal to resume whaling rejected, following intense lobbying of member nations and non-government representatives from many parts of the world.”