Yesterday, on the 18th October, the Japanese companyKyodo Senpaku Kaisha were made to pay a1 milliondollar fine (£470,000) to Australia for hunting several whales in a protected sanctuary near Antarctica.
The Australianfederal court concludedthat the companyKyodo Senpaku Kaisha had violated several terms of the law aboutthe protection of the environment and biodiversity. They were found guilty offor four whaling expeditions to hunt Minke whales in the Antarctic between2008 and 2013.
The company was issued four fines ofA$250,000 for each whaling expedition in violation with the law restriction onhunting whale in this area passed in 2008.Michael Kennedy, director ofONG Humane Society International (HSI), which brought about the case, urged:
If whaling in Antarctic waters does resume this year, as we fear it will, and Kyodo continues to ignore the injunction, we ask that the Australian government raises this with the Japanese government to ensure that Australian laws for the protection of whales are observed.
The judge found Kyodo guilty of “wilful contempt” of court for breaching an order to stop killing whales,of which they killed hundreds.
The consumption of whale meat has a long history inJapan, a country with a tradition of hunting whalebut where the whaling industrydidn't reach its full height until after the Second World War, in order to feed a starving country.Over the past few decades, Japan have found a way around the whaling ban by using the exception which allows it under terms of 'scientific research'.
In 2014, Japan were banned from whaling in the Antarctic following a ruling by theInternational Court of Justice.The International Fund For Animal Welfare has been campaigning for years to put an end to these whale massacres and leave the ocean alone. If you would like to support them, then click here.