Male Sea LionSea Shepherd calls on Japan to end the war on whales and to respect Australia's territorial waters. Image: 3 dead Minke whales on the flensing deck of the Japanese whaling factory veseel Nisshin Maru (Photo Credit: Sea Shepherd).

As Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe arrives in Australia for a diplomatic visit to Darwin, Sea Shepherd calls on Japan to end the war on whales and to respect Australia’s territorial waters.

Sea Shepherd founder, Captain Paul Watson, stated: “In 1942 Japan, in a sneak attack, viciously bombed the Port of Darwin killing 292 Australian citizens.That was 76 years ago but Japan continues to wage war on Australia in a different way. This time it’s a grab for resources using illegal fishing and whaling vessels.”

Captain Watson said: “Japan has demonstrated blatant contempt for Australians with their continued illegal whaling operations in the Australian Antarctic Territory. The Japanese say they do not recognise Australian sovereignty over the Australian Antarctic Territory. In 1942 they did not recognise the sovereignty of Australia itself.

"Perhaps Japan could truly apologise for their shameful attack in 1942 with a statement of recognition of Australian sovereignty to the Australian Antarctic Territory and a cessation of illegal whaling in said territory.”

Email Prime Minister Scott Morrison and tell him to put the whales and the wishes of the Australian people before those of Japan, and raise the whaling issue with Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe when he visits Australia today: 

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