AUSTRALIA: Activists Split Over Policy on Japanese Whalingby ipsintern ( )
By Stephen de Tarczynski
MELBOURNE, Dec 26 (IPS) - As Australia continues to call on Japan to abandon its whaling program, leading environmental groups are divided in their response to the government’s plan to stop Japanese whaling.
"We welcome the moves made by the (Kevin) Rudd government to step up pressure on Japan against their illegal whaling in the Southern Ocean," Greenpeace Australia Pacific chief executive, Steve Shallhorn, told IPS.
Japan’s whaling fleet arrived in the Southern Ocean earlier this month to begin its annual whale hunt. The fleet is expected to slaughter some 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales, which Australia says are endangered.