The Australian Greens said today that the Japanese Fisheries Minister, Yoshimasa Hayash’s comments on his country’s whaling program have ended any pretence it based on scientific research.
“The Minister’s comments provide an insight into the reality of Japanese whaling, with no mention of science, only the rhetoric of a Government intent on saving face on the international stage as they continue to hunt whales for commercial use,” Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens marine spokesperson said today.
“The evidence clearly shows a low and decreasing interest in whale meat in Japan, but the Government is still pouring in money to support the industry.
“The Japanese Government continues to subsidise the whaling industry - including with tsunami aid destined for its own citizens.
“Australia, like an increasing number of people in Japan, recognise that whaling is no longer appropriate or necessary.
“This is demonstrated through the research showing that fewer people are eating whale meat on a regular basis.
"The increasing stockpiles of whale meat show how much trouble the Government has selling the product on the Japanese market.
"It appears that the Japanese Government is increasingly out of touch with the reality of what is happening,” Senator Siewert concluded.