The footage the government DOESN'T want you to see: Video of Japanese whalers hunting in Australian sanctuary released after authorities kept it secret for five years because it would 'hurt international relations'
- Marine conservation group Sea Shepherd has obtained a disturbing video
- It shows a group of minke whales being hunted within the Antarctic region
- The footage was shot by Australian customs officers on January 31, 2008
- Despite it being a decade ago, Sea Shepherd said it's still happening?
Horrifying footage of Japanese whalers hunting in an Australian sanctuary has been released, with the government saying they kept quiet about it to maintain international relations.
After a five year battle to have all information disclosed to the public conservation group Sea Shepherd have been handed a video taken by Australian customs officers of a Japanese 'research' vessel slaying minke whales.
The video was shot on January 31, 2008, but wasn't released in fear it would 'harm international relations' with Japan.
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After a five year battle to have all information disclosed to the public conservation group Sea Shepherd
'Back in 2008 the Australian government sent a custom vessel down to document Japan's whaling in Australia's Antarctic territory,' Sea Shepherd's director Jeff Hansen.
The footage is graphic in its detail, showing the exact moment a whale is harpooned, dragged to the side of the ship with a spear in its side and held in place until it dies.
'This was taken in the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary and yet they are being chased by harpoon ships. These whales are swimming away in an attempt to outrun them. But eventually they have to come up - exhausted,' Mr Hansen continued.
The footage is graphic in its detail, showing the exact moment a whale is harpooned, dragged to the side of the ship with a spear in its side and held in place until it dies
Sea Shepherd reports it takes 'a long time for these whales to die' before they are brought onto the ship and 'diced up for the markets in Tokyo'
'They are hit with an explosive harpoon that sends shrapnel through their bodies, while prongs come out so that the whale cannot escape.'
Sea Shepherd reports it takes 'a long time for these whales to die' before they are brought onto the ship and 'diced up for the markets in Tokyo.'
Although the video is from almost a decade ago, these practices are still happening Mr Hansen confirms.
Sea Shepherd said they don't have the resources to send fleets of boats to the area and prevent the killings, so is asking the Australian government to 'step up'
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the government was 'deeply disappointed'
Sea Shepherd said they don't have the resources to send fleets of boats to the area and prevent the killings, so is asking the Australian government to 'step up.'
Environment Minister Josh Frydenberg said the government was 'deeply disappointed that Japan has decided to return to the Southern Ocean this summer to undertake so-called 'scientific' whaling as it is not necessary to kill whales in order to study them', Sydney Morning Herald reports.
'The government will continue to advocate for Japan to comply with its international obligations and the principles set out in the International Court of Justice's judgment,' he said.?
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