Japanese Whaling Firm Fined $1m For Illegally Operating In Aussie Sanctuary

In a landmark victory for anti-whaling campaigners, a Japanese whaling firm has been fined more than a million dollars for operating in the Australian Antarctic whale sanctuary.

Humane Society International’s (HSI) victory against Kyodo Senpaku Kaisha brings the first punishment given out for breaching Australia’s Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act.

Federal Court judge Jaybe Jagot said she was “satisfied that a penalty of not less than $250,000 for each of the four whaling seasons should be imposed on Kyodo.” 
Jagot said the whalers were operating in “wilful contempt” of international guidelines by taking whales within sanctuary borders.

It’s been a long-fought battle, with charges first leveled at the company by HSI over a decade ago. Still, the Society’s Michael Kennedy thinks the company will continue to operate in the sanctuary regardless, and he’s called for the Federal Government to take stronger action against whaling too.
For now, though – swim freely, blubber-buddies.
Story via The Guardian. 

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