Turnbull: You have the chance to end whaling in the Southern Ocean

I've always had a love of the ocean and wildlife that lives within. Whales represent the elders of the sea, the caretakers of the underwater world. Watching them migrate each year gives me great pleasure and I've spent hours sitting on the ocean watching them breach and play.  

After watching the Australian Customs footage, I was heartbroken to see such cruel treatment of such peaceful creatures.

To use bullets that shatter upon entry to kill is a war crime. Why do we allow this practice when it's not allowed anywhere else and on peaceful animals that are protected? 

I was shocked that Australian Customs had such footage and have never done anything about the horrible footage.

I starting supporting Sea Shepherd over 10 years ago, giving monthly donations via direct debit after seeing and hearing about them on the news. I was shocked then that our own Government wasn't doing anything to stop the slaughter of whales and wanted to get involved in helping.

I would really like to see the Australian Customs vessel in the Southern Ocean defending our whale sanctuary. It has been proven in court the Japanese are whaling purely for profit and still our Government ignores them breaking the law. 

Prime Minster Malcolm Turnbull, my representative in the Australian Parliament, should defend the indefensible by standing up and calling the Japanese Government out as they are supporting the killings by using their military technology to track Sea Shepherd’s vessels that went down to stop them last year.

The whaling industry in Japan is full of corruption. Whales belong to the world and are in real danger because of it. Our Prime Minister should be doing more!

 

 

"If the oceans die, we die."

I am an avid lover of the ocean and all marine life. Many people are, and yet, many people don’t realise the threat the whole ecosystem is under due to Japanese whaling. I am passionate about defending and protecting whales because of the role these beautiful creatures play in the environment.

To disrupt and poach these animals creates an unbalanced habitat will not only affect marine life but also all of humankind. Without the existence of whales, the entire world’s ecosystem would see a huge negative shift. Everyone and everything would be affected by this change.

When I first watched the Australian Customs whaling footage, I couldn’t help but feel disgusted. Not just from the fact that the video itself was confronting and distressing, but because of how the government can sit back and let this happen after nine years of keeping this video from being publicly released.

The footage depicts the Japanese whale poachers chasing Minke whales in the Southern Ocean. The Minke whales swam for their lives until they became so exhausted that they were then easily and brutally harpooned by the Japanese whalers. To see an animal that is supposedly protected by law, and yet killed in its own habitat, saddens me. It makes me feel helpless to the injustice that is occurring in our very own waters. 

I have been with Sea Shepherd as an on-shore volunteer for just over one year. In that time, I have been involved in Sea Shepherd events, including our Stand Fast Festival last October, and various markets around Brisbane.

I would like my electorate member of parliament, Peter Dutton, to fulfil his responsibilities and political obligations. There should be an ongoing pressure towards Japan to comply with its international obligations. Japan must be confronted on the issue without our Australian Government being so afraid of stirring the pot and impacting its international relations.

Peter Dutton, along with cabinet members, including the Minister for Foreign Affairs, and the Prime Minister should put forward the illegal activities of Japanese whaling. The Government already has the political power to defend these whales.

We should not be solely relied on to defend whales when we could put money and resources into other campaigns around the world.

To reinforce this change, there must be stronger political pressure from society to continue the fight for the oceans, for there will be no change if we stay silent.


Allysha Bianco
Sea Shepherd On-shore Volunteer
Brisbane

Frydenberg: Live up to your Government’s promise to protect our whale sanctuary

 Nicki Wilson, one of our On-shore Volunteers living in Melbourne (Kooyong) wants her MP Josh Frydenberg (Environment Minister) to oppose Japanese whaling.

Nicki Wilson, one of our On-shore Volunteers living in Melbourne (Kooyong) wants her MP Josh Frydenberg (Environment Minister) to oppose Japanese whaling.

I was extremely outraged when I witnessed the shocking footage of whales fighting for their lives that was released by Sea Shepherd last week.

It made me physically ill and tremendously angry and is another stark reminder of the sheer brutality and senselessness of killing these intelligent and environmentally significant animals.

Being in my third year of studying wildlife science, I have a strong interest in population genetics and believe that some whales species may never recover from the intense overhunting that occurred in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries, which nearly wiped out a number of species, including Humpbacks.

The intense hunting of Northern Pacific Right whales by Japanese whalers in the past severely devastated their stocks, which merely forced the whalers to pick a different target species.

Currently, Japanese whalers target Minke whales, which have experienced a decline in numbers. It does not take a scientist to understand why this has occurred, especially when many of the whales slaughtered are pregnant females.

As a constituent living in Josh Frydenberg’s electorate of Kooyong, I truly believe that our Environment Minister should be protecting all whales that live in Australia’s whale sanctuary in the Southern Ocean.

I would like our Member of Parliament to create more awareness in Parliament about the plight of the whales in the Southern Ocean and put pressure on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to live up to his election promise and represent the Australian people by sending a Customs vessel to oppose the Japanese whalers.

We cannot allow the Japanese whaling fleet to continue to slaughter whales in this unsustainable and illegal fashion.

As a voter with a voice, I really want the Australian Government to step-up and enforce the laws governing the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

Nicki Wilson

Sea Shepherd On-shore Volunteer in Melbourne (Kooyong)

You have now seen the shocking footage. Now is time for the Australian Government to take a stand and put a stop to the slaughter for good. Please take the following actions: