Join with WSPA to help prevent Japan whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary

What’s happening?

Japan plans on whaling in the Southern Ocean Sanctuary this summer. Japan has said they will kill up to 333 minke whales, under a plan they pretend to be ‘scientific research’.

Australia stood up to Japan and brought a case against the Antarctic whale hunt at the International Court of Justice in The Hague. The case was won in 2014 with the court ruling the hunt unlawful and thus in breach of the global moratorium on commercial whaling. This prevented Japan from going ahead with the hunt last summer, but it was a short reprieve.

Now Japan says it no longer recognises the jurisdiction of the International Court of Justice over whales.

WSPA’s efforts

WSPA moves the world to protect animals because animals have a right to live free from pain.  Today they’re working on projects worldwide – helping governments and communities to protect and care for their animals. They help the world see how important animals are to all of us because millions of people depend on animals. They’re campaigning for a Universal Declaration on Animal Welfare, and over 2 million people, 330 animal groups and dozens of governments have already pledged their support.

They end the needless suffering of animals, influence decision makers to put animals on the global agenda, help the world see how important animals are to all of us, inspire people to change animals’ lives for the better and move the world to protect animals.

Supporting WSPA

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The Wishing Well raises funds to enable children and young people to access developmentally-appropriate and trauma-informed treatments shown to be highly effective in dealing with severe trauma and neglect. These therapies respond to the unique needs of each child and young person.

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How you can help

Whales hold a special place in the hearts of many Australians. We also know that there is no humane way to kill a whale at sea. Join with WSPA to send your message to Minister Bishop:

“There is nothing in Japan’s new plan that renders it any more credible as a scientific exercise than the hunt the International Court of Justice ruled unlawful. If this new ‘science’ was to be challenged in court it would likely be ruled unlawful again. I am aware this is why the Government of Japan has recently withdrawn its recognition of the International Court Justice’s jurisdiction over whales. Japan must not be allowed to show such blatant disregard for the rule of international law to protect whales. I now ask that you give serious consideration to recalling the Australian Ambassador to Japan for consultations in order to register the depth of Australian concern over this issue.” – WSPA



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