Whaling in the North Pacific: Morrison should tell Abe to stop

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Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) surfacing, Antarctic Peninsula (Image Credit: WWF Australia).

AUSTRALIAN Prime Minister Scott Morrison should call on the Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo to drop plans to resume the slaughter of minke whales on July 1, the Bob Brown Foundation said yesterday.

The Bob Brown Foundation is a non-profit fund which promotes the protection and enhancement of the wild and scenic beauty of Tasmania, the ecological integrity of Australia, Earth’s wilderness, and the happiness of all humanity on Earth.

After abandoning its illegal whaling in Antarctic waters, Japan left the International Whaling Commission to become a rogue whaling state, to harpoon whales within its own North Pacific economic zone.

The minke whales which delights tourists off the Queensland coast each year are no different to the minke whales Japan intends to slaughter off its own coast in July.

“This cruel remnant industry is inhumane, unprofitable and unnecessary,” Bob Brown said today. “Our Prime Minister will be working ‘for all Australians’ if he makes this nation’s objection loud and clear to Tokyo.”

“PM Morrison could invite PM Abe to come whale-watching off the Australian coast and see how it produces many more jobs than the Japanese whaling fleet.”