New Zealand leadership needed to protect whales

The Green Party is deeply concerned by Japan’s resumption of commercial whaling, Green Party Animal Welfare Spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.

“This is a sad day for whales and a real blow to international efforts to protect these magnificent creatures.

“I am very disappointed by Japan’s decision to pull out of the International Whaling Commission after the International Court of Justice ruled their previous whaling program was not for scientific purposes.

“Commercial hunting pushed whales to the brink of extinction in the 1980s, and today they still face threats from climate change, marine pollution and fishing by-catch.

“Japan are flouting international rules to continue to hunt whales for meat even though demand within Japan has plummeted.

“Aotearoa has long been at the forefront of whale protection and standing against commercial whaling.

“Just last year we began work on our largest ever marine mammal sanctuary to protect our blue whales.

“The Greens will be calling on the Foreign Affairs Minister to issue a strong statement condemning the inhumane slaughter of whales for commercial profit.

Action

Virtual Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Action

Join our call to stop funding fossil fuels!

We need to remove all public money managed by the Government from climate-changing fossil fuel industries.
Take Action

Action

Support our Climate Action Plan for bigger bolder climate action

We agree with all five of the School Strike for Climate's demands. Read more and sign the petition.
Take Action

Action

Show your support to end housing inequality

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been undervalued and many barely....
Take Action

Latest Animal Welfare Announcements

Policy

Animal Welfare Policy

 All animals have a right to a life free from cruelty. Government must be accountable for the wellbeing of animals An independent Animal Welfare C...
See More

Story

Review of live animal exports needed to protect animal welfare and New Zealand’s agricultural brand

The Green Party is welcoming the announcement by Minister of Agriculture Damien O’Connor to review New Zealand’s live animal exports rules. “New Ze...
Read More

Story

Cameras on boats must be quickly scaled up: Greens

The Green Party is glad to finally see the rollout of cameras on selected fishing boats but believes it needs to be scaled-up fast. “We need camera...
Read More

Story

Green Party Bill on Country of Origin Food Labelling passes into law

A Green Party member’s bill that allows New Zealanders to know where their food comes was passed almost unanimously by Parliament today, Green Part...
Read More

Story

Fireworks belong in public displays not pop-up shops

The Green Party has written to the Environment select committee asking for it to consult the public on banning the private sale and use of fireworks.
Read More

Story

Rodeo report a disappointment and fails animals

The Green Party believes animals should not suffer to provide entertainment for people and we are calling for a ban on the use of animals in rodeo ...
Read More