Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully announced on Tuesday, October 4 that his country has joined in support of Australia’s legal initiative made last year in the International Court of Justice to halt Japanese whaling.
With Japan stating that the practice would resume this year in December, Minister McCully warned that the nation could become isolated from the international community if her government proceeds with such disrespect for the strong concerns expressed by the people of Australia and New Zealand.
He also warned that lives may be put at risk if there were a confrontation, especially given the peaceful but unyielding stance of organizations such as the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, which last year was successful in helping end the killing season early, saving the lives of an estimated 800 whales.
We thank Minister McCully, the people of New Zealand and Australia, Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and all others for your concern and courage in standing up to save these precious marine mammals.
Blessed be such concerted actions in bringing all gentle co-inhabitants on Earth the dignity and peace they so deserve. During a 2009 videoconference in the United States, Supreme Master Ching Hai, who has expressed sorrow many times about the plight of the whales, spoke of their sentience and nobility, as well as their vital role for humanity’s own survival.
Sources: CNN, Channel News Asia, China Post, VOA News, Sea Shephard