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Wednesday, December 06, 2017

SEA Shepherd Australia has managed to obtain the release of footage of Japanese whaling practices taken by the Australian Government during a 2008 Australian Customs mission to the Antarctic.

"The Australian Government has suppressed this footage for years," said Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia.

"The main reason given was that the images of this horrific slaughter would harm diplomatic relationships with Japan.

"The Australian Government has chosen to side with the poachers instead of defending the whales of the Southern Ocean.

"This footage shows the bloody brutality, cruelty and senseless killing of such beautiful, intelligent and majestic animals. These whales are hunted down, before being hit with an explosive harpoon that sends shrapnel through their bodies, while prongs come out so that the whale cannot escape.

"The whale dives to try and get back to the depths below, to its family, but it can't as the whale killers retract the cable, slowly bringing the whale to the surface, thrashing about in pain before he/she gets to eyeball their killer, before being shot until finally dying, many minutes later in a sea of blood," said Mr Hansen.

Sea Shepherd isued a repeated call to the Australian Government to do all it can to end whaling, by not only sending a ship to the Antarctic but to also take Japan to the International Tribunal on the Law of the Sea.

"The tribunal has a system of mandatory dispute settlement, one that's very difficult to opt out of and there is very little Japan could do about it," concluded Mr Hansen.

As informed by the organisation, the Japanese whalers are in contempt of the Australian Federal Court and have been fined a million dollars that they refuse to pay.

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