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Govt should release whale evidence

Media Release
Rachel Siewert 7 Feb 2008

The Australian Greens are calling on the Federal Government to make photographic and video evidence collected during the Oceanic Viking operation available to HSI.

"If the government now has the evidence needed to mount a legal case against Japanese whaling, then there is a moral imperative for them to release it to support the current court case being fought on our behalf by HSI," said Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"I don't see how the Minister for Home Services can claim success for the operation, when not one whale has been saved through their operations to date."

"So far, the only ones who have had any success in preventing whales from being killed in the Australian Antarctic whale sanctuary have been the non-government organisations," said Senator Siewert.

"It is hypocritical for the home services Minister to call the Oceanic Viking's mission a success, if they are not taking the opportunity to swiftly bring the evidence to bear to halt the whale slaughter," she said.

"The Government should commence their legal action now and assist HSI wherever possible."

"The Japanese whaling fleet are still in our Antarctic waters and whales are still dying painfully and unnecessarily," she concluded.

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