On 7 December2015, 33States issued a joint demarche condemning Japan’s decision to reinstitute lethal scientific research. On 12 January 2016, given the likely resumption of the so-called ‘whale wars’ between the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society and the Japanese whaling fleet, which has already resulted in the sinking of a protest vessel, a finding of piracy by the U.S. Courts and a series of dangerous altercations between the two parties, the governments of Australia, the Netherlands, New Zealand and the U.S. issued a joint statement calling for restraint and an adherence to recognised navigational standards. The joint statement pointedly observed that newrep-A "has not proceeded through the IWC’s processes"; see Government of the Netherlands, Joint Statement on Whaling and Safety at Sea, 12 January 2016, available at https://www.government.nl/documents/media-articles/2016/01/12/joint-statement-on-whaling-and-safety-at-sea.
Oliver Milman, ‘Australia considers legal action as Japan snubs Antarctic whaling ban’, The Guardian (20 October 2015), available at http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2015/oct/20/australia-considers-legal-action-as-japan-snubs-antarctic-whaling-ban.)| false