The Australian Greens have welcomed reports that the Japanese whale hunt in the Southern Ocean may not go ahead this summer.
"This is great news for the whales of in the Southern Ocean. I am encouraged by reports suggesting the upcoming hunt may be put off due to the age and disrepair of the Nisshin Maru factory ship,” Australian Greens whaling and marine spokesperson Senator Rachel Siewert said today.
“This could be the beginning of the end of Japanese whaling, as changing domestic attitudes and financial pressures take their toll.
“The whaling industry in Japan has only survived this long as a result of life support from the Japanese Government.
“This industry has been uneconomic for years and has had to be subsidised, it doesn't make sense for further investments to be made in the fleet undertaking this terrible slaughter.
“Regardless of whether or not the hunt goes ahead this summer, the Greens will not step back from our efforts to end whaling for good. Today’s news, if correct, is an important step towards that,” Senator Siewert concluded.