The Australian government will push through with sending a customs ship to the Antarctic Ocean to monitor the Japanese whalers that left last weekend. This after Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt is finished ironing out some “operational issues” needed to send the ship.
The Environment Minister repeatedly assured the public before the election that there would be a customs ship in place to monitor the activity of the whalers. “We will have clear monitoring in the Southern (Antarctic) Ocean, and I just ask for about 10 days before I make a formal statement on that,” said Hunt.
Whale hunts have been getting a lot of criticisms from anti-whaling activists such as Sea Shepherd. Former Australian Greens leader Bob Brown, now the chairman of Sea Shepherd, stresses that there is no time to waste as the Japanese whaling ship has already left and will be at the international whale sanctuary by new year.
Anti-whaling activists have been condemning whale hunts by the Japanese, saying that “research whaling” is just a cover-up for commercial whaling, which is prohibited by international agreements. As of the moment, Japan and Australia are still waiting for a ruling on the legality of whaling from the International Court of Justice.