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Whale meat gifts exposes Japanese whaling

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Rachel Siewert 30 Dec 2010

The Australian Greens today said the admission of corruption by Japan's Fisheries Agency officials highlights yet again the farce of Japan's whaling program.

"Japan's so-called 'scientific' whaling program never had any credibility and this shows it up yet again," said Australian Greens spokesperson on whaling, Senator Rachel Siewert today.

"Now that Japanese authorities have officially acknowledged that whale meat has been illegally taken and gifted to the very officials who are meant to oversee this program -- we should expect to see a pardon granted and formal apology given to the two Greenpeace activists sentenced last year for exposing the embezzlement of whale meat."

"The whole world knows that the so-called 'scientific' whaling program is a fraud and the enormous lengths the Japanese Government take to cover it up, including the show-trial of the two anti-whaling activists known as the Tokyo Two, are further exposed."

"These revelations bring into question the credibility of the Japanese Fisheries Agency as a whole and their persistence in propping up a whaling program that cannot be justified on scientific grounds."

"It would seem that the significant factor underlying the continuance of this deadly program is kick-backs, not science."

The pursuit of the two activists always had political overtones as highlighted by the fact that no action was taken to pursue their allegations that whale meat was being taken illegally.

I urge the Australian Government to raise the case of the Tokyo Two with the Japanese Government and to resume surveillance of the whale slaughter in Australia's Antarctic waters," concluded Senator Siewert.

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