Labor military bid to save whales

A Labor Government would ramp up Australian efforts against Japanese whaling and use the military to monitor ships killing the mammals in the Southern Ocean.

As Japanese whalers prepare to set sail for southern waters for their annual whale cull, Labor today indicated it was ready to take strong action to convince the international community that whaling had to stop.

Japan has been widely condemned for its scientific whaling program, which involves the killing of 1,000 fin and minke whales in the southern hemisphere each year.

If it wins office, Labor plans to use military resources, such as surveillance aircraft, to monitor the whaling vessels and gather evidence to mount a case against their so-called scientific research.”