CANBERRA’S own rainbow warrior and Minister for Municipal Services Shane Rattenbury has welcomed the cancellation of the next Japanese whaling season following Australia’s victory in the International Court of Justice.
“This means that 2014 will be the first year without whaling in the Southern Ocean since it began over a century ago in 1904. This is a fantastic win for the whales!” Rattenbury said.
“Having been to the Southern Ocean, I know just how cruel and unnecessary this hunt is. I am thrilled that the hunt is not going ahead next southern summer.”
Prior to be elected to the Assembly, Rattenbury was the Director of Oceans for Greenpeace International. In the role, he coordinated Greenpeace’s global anti-whaling campaign, led an expedition of two Greenpeace ships to the Southern Ocean in 2005/06 to confront the Japanese whaling fleet, and also attended International Whaling Commission meetings.