Byron activists protest whaling

WHALE activists from Byron Bay joined others in protest action at the Japanese consulate in Brisbane yesterday.

Members of Sea Shepherd, Ocean Activists United, Byron Whale Action Group and Taaji Action Dolphin Group converged on the consulate at 11am.

Their action coincides with the International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco.

Delegates there are taking part in secret talks in a bid to break the deadlock over proposals to allow Japan to resume a limited commercial whale hunt in exchange for a reduction in its “scientific” whaling program in the Southern Ocean.

The protesters unfurled banners and presented a letter to the Japanese authorities expressing their concerns and demanding that Japan stop whaling immediately.

Dean Jefferys, of the Byron group, said: “The next few days are critical for the world's whales.”

The world had been “sold a lie” by Japan that the compromise deal being worked out in Morocco would save whales, he said.

“What this deal will really do is to overturn the 24-year moratorium on commercial whaling and legalise the murder of tens of thousands of whales into the future,” Mr Jefferys said.

“This deal may also threaten Australia's court challenge of Japan's whaling program. “

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