Monday, 17 March 2008

Japan labels Australia hypocritical

Japan says whaling is legal and part of its culture and accuses Western countries of insensitivity.
Japan has a long history of whaling. However, current whaling conducted by Japan is a source of political dispute between pro- and anti-whaling countries and organizations. It uses a loophole in a 1986 global whaling moratorium that allows "lethal research" on the giant mammals.

Over the weekend the Japanese media has labelled Australia hypocritical as it plans on a controlled culling of the Western Grey Kangaroo, inferring that Australia is killing a national icon.

Mr Peter Garrett the Federal Minister for the Enviroment, Heritage and the Arts supported the culling of kangaroos, saying humane, properly administered programs were sometimes necessary. "There's an immense difference between commercial, so called 'scientific' whaling and Australia'a scientific, sustainable and humane management of a non-threatened kangaroo, which has over populated an area, to save rare and threatened plants and animals on that site," he said last night.

Australia has plans to cull 400 Western Grey Kangaroos from wetlands near Canberra. The culling is to be carried out by licensed shooters who will shoot and kill humanely. The cullling of the kangaroos is deemed necesary to protect the wetlands for endangered wildlife and fauna. When a species overruns an area and threatens the habitat and food chain of another species then controlled humane culling is called for. What threat does the Humpback and Minkie whales have on the stocks of the world's oceans? The lethal capture of these whales is not humane and the whales are not always dead when winched aboard the whaling vessels. Therefore for Australia to be labelled hypocritical is nonsense, they do not even compare in any way.

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