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ALP, Coalition refuse to condemn Japanese dolphin hunt

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 15 Sep 2011

The ALP and Coalition have combined to block an Australian Greens motion condemning the slaughter of dolphins and porpoises by Japan.

Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said the annual Japanese dolphin and porpoise hunt is a deliberate attempt to overcome bans on the commercial killing of whales.

“This yearly kill is a disturbing display of regulated coastal whaling,” Senator Siewert said today.

“The Japanese Government has permitted the slaughter of around 20,000 dolphins and porpoises. There are serious concerns about ways these animals are killed.

“The Australian Greens are disappointed that neither the ALP nor Coalition had the courage to support our motion calling for the Australian Government to denounce this action.

“The capture and slaughter of these animals should continue to draw international condemnation,” Senator Siewert concluded.

Motion Text

410  Senator Siewert: To move—That the Senate— 

 (a) notes that: 

        (i) the Japanese Government annually issues permits for the capture and killing of more than 20 000 dolphins and porpoises, and 
        (ii) the hunting of smaller cetaceans is a deliberate circumvention of any bans on the commercial killing of whales; and

 (b) urges the Australian Government to: 

        (i) condemn the slaughter of dolphins and porpoises by Japan, and 
        (ii) recognise that the killing of dolphins and porpoises is coastal whaling

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