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Greens celebrate Sea Shepherd's victory over Japan's whale hunters

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown today congratulated Sea Shepherd Conservation Society for its victory over the Japanese whale hunters in Antarctic waters.

"Sea Shepherd and other campaigners have achieved a great victory," Senator Brown said.

"The tide has turned in Japan," Senator Brown said, after Japanese Fisheries Minister Michihiko Kano announced today that this season's whale hunt was over.

"Let's hope February 9th 2011 goes down in history as the day that the last whale was slaughtered in Antarctic waters."

"We must all remain vigilant."

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Greens: Sea Shepherd Pursues Whaling to its Death Throes

Japan's slaughter of Antarctic whales seems to be in its death throes, Greens Leader Bob Brown said in Canberra today.

After speaking with Sea Shepherd's Captain Paul Watson, Senator Brown described the behaviour of the whaling fleet factory shop Nisshin Maru as "bizarre".

Nisshin Maru has re-entered the Pacific Ocean from the Drake Passage south of South America. 

"It is either headed home to Tokyo or will take a week to rejoin its three idle whale catcher ships now in the Ross Sea."

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Australia should track whalers through killing zone

Greens Leader Bob Brown today urged the Australian government to at least conduct aerial surveillance of the Southern Ocean, after Japanese whalers doubled their hunting area.

"I spoke to the Japanese ambassador in Canberra yesterday, offering the opinion that this is criminal behaviour in the Australian Antarctic Territory," Senator Brown said.

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Greens call for naval surveillance of whaling

Greens Leader Bob Brown will be dockside with the Sea Shepherd fleet before it leaves from Hobart for Antarctic waters today.

Senator Brown has written to the minister for the environment, Tony Burke, requesting an Australian naval presence to surveil Japanese whaling in Australia's Antarctic waters.

"Sea Shepherd are the champions for the whales and have massive public backing in Australia and elsewhere around the world. The least our government can do is provide footage so that the world can see what an ugly slaughter this is."

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2 December 2010

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Whaling inaction

The Government says action in the International Court against Japanese whaling will 'take years' but has no action plan to prevent the slaughter in Antarctic waters this summer, said Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown. 

Senator Brown told the Senate that while Australia's government takes no action against the arrogant and disdainful Japanese whalers, two to ten thousand whales will be killed.

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Whaling court case won't stop harpoons

Australian Greens Leader Bob Brown said an international court case against Japan by the Australian Government would not stop Japanese whalers returning to the Southern Ocean next summer.

Senator Brown welcomed the announcement that Australia will prosecute Japan over whaling activities in the International Court of Justice, but questioned the timing.

"Japan's proposal for a resumption of commercial whaling will be debated at the International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco next month.

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