Aus­tralian push helps pre­serve whal­ing ban

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - - NEWS -

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.”

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