Whales in Australian Antarctic waters need Australian govt protection from the Japanese.
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When Australia ceased its whaling last century, the number of whales in the East Australian humpback population had fallen to a desperate few hundred individuals. Their number has since recovered to a strong 20,000. There is now a small risk to these animals. However, for the Antarctic Minke Whale the risk is alarmingly high.
The illegal whaling carried out by the Japanese in the 2015-16 Antarctic Summer should never have happened. We must not allow this to take place in the next Summer, nor ever again. The taking of whales for scientific purposes was outlawed in 2015 by the International Court of Justice. Despite this ruling we as a country are allowing it to continue.
It is our responsibility to stop all whaling being carried out by Japan in Australian Antarctic waters. This can only be done with the physical and lawful presence of a ship on the ocean. Public organisations have been observing and reporting in recent years. The time has come for that responsibility to be carried by Australia.
We call on the government of Australia to stand with these defenceless mammals, to put a stop to the slaughter. It has been proven that the Japanese do not need to harvest these important, majestic creatures. It is a senseless and outdated tradition that drives this "research". This practise needs to be stopped now. These creatures are not only beautiful, but are a highly-intelligent mammal, crucial to the world's marine eco-system.
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