Aussies Face Protests Over Kangaroo Cull

Pro-whaling Japan pounces on neighbor's seeming hypocrisy
By Lucas Laursen,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 17, 2008 9:10 AM CDT
Gunilaroi Tribe member Robert Craigie speaks to protesters about the cull of 400 eastern gray kangaroo at the Belconnen Naval Transmission Station at Lawson, Canberra Sat March 15, 2008.    (AP Photo/Mark Graham)
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(Newser) – Australia is planning to cull 400 kangaroos on a military base, and Japan—oft-criticized by Australia for its whaling practices—is jumping at the opportunity to hail its neighbor as hypocritical, reports the Sydney Morning Herald. Not so, says Australia’s PM. The whaling issue is subject to "an agreement between many states, and it goes to whether what is occurring is scientific whaling or not," said Kevin Rudd.

Rudd declined to get into details of the cull, which is planned on military land north of Canberra and has attracted about 70 Aboriginal and other Australian protesters who are blockading the site. The protests have in turn attracted Japanese media, which report that Japan considers the hunt hypocritical.