Australian Opposition Party Extends Whaling Ultimatum

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Australian Opposition Party Extends Whaling Ultimatum

From ABC.net.au
January 2010

Mr. Hunt says the Japanese Government has abandoned the pretext for scientific whaling, and is slaughtering whales for food.

There is mounting pressure on the Federal Government to take legal action against Japanese whalers.

The Federal Opposition is giving the Government until the end of January to submit documents for a case against Japanese whalers in the international court.

Opposition spokesman Greg Hunt has written to Environment Minister Peter Garrett expressing "extreme frustration and disappointment" over the Government's failure to send a ship to monitor whaling activities in the Southern Ocean.

Mr. Hunt says the Government pledged to take legal action three years ago.

"We want the whaling stopped, and if the Government will not send a ship then they must submit court action papers and give Japan until June 30 to end whaling," he said.

Mr. Hunt says the Japanese Government has abandoned the pretext for scientific whaling, and is slaughtering whales for food.