At the IWC meeting in Panama, the Federal Minister for the Environment voted in support of a quota for a Caribbean nation who will, as a result of his and others’ votes, kill 24 Humpbacks from 2013-2018.
St Vincents & The Grenadines has a long history of infractions at the IWC as its ” whalers” hunt the Humpbacks in speedboats, often separating cows and calves in the most cruel manner.
Thanks to the US who ” bundled together “genuine Aboriginal subsistence whaling quotas with highly controversial non-Aboriginal subsistence quotas such as St Vincents, the kill will go ahead. The US under Pres. Obama has become the new Japan. With great dedication and major bullying tactics, the US is systematically destroying the IWC.
Minister Burke‘s vote in favour of the slaughter is a direct contradiction of Australia‘s strong anti-whaling policy. Australians are entitled to know that the Gillard government now supports slaughtering Humpbacks in the Northern Hemisphere whilst protecting the Southern Hemisphere whales. As well, Australia now supports the use of speedboats and the killing of cows and calves.
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This is outrageous.
So I called the following Green offices. This report gives a good indication of where the Greens priorities now stand.
Senator Scott Ludlum had commented last week on the announcement by South Korea that it would start whaling. This week, his office says it’s not his portfolio and I should call Senator Lee Rhiannon.
I called her office and was told that she doesn’t deal with the issue, I should call Sen. Christine Milne.
I called Christine Milne‘s office and was told that no, the Senator was not dealing with the issue, I should call Sen. Rachel Siewart.
So I called Sen. Siewart’s office and was told that she has only just taken on the whaling portfolio and neither she nor her policy advisor were available.
‘Was it enough to just leave a message about my concerns’ I was asked ?
Are you kidding ? Do you know how many Australians would be so pissed off and angry to learn that the Gillard government supported the slaughter of Humpbacks in the Northern Hemisphere ?!
Someone might call me back, was the response. I’m still waiting.
So much for the Australian Greens. The environment and Australia‘s whaling policy are way down on their agenda. A really shocking state of affairs.
AS FOR THE GILLARD GOVERNMENT, HAS AUSTRALIA NOW BECOME A US PUPPET NATION?