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Japanese Whaling Ban



The sun has finally set on Japanese whaling in the Antarctic. This ruling will not stop Japan from hunting whales in the northern Pacific, but it is a significant victory for the anti-whaling cause.

“A UN court ruling that the Japanese government must halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic has been welcomed in Australia and New Zealand.

The International Court of Justice ruled that the programme was not for scientific research as Japan claimed.

Supporters of the ban say they are “delighted”. Japan said it would comply with the judgement, but was “deeply disappointed”.

Australia brought the case to the court in 2010. Wellington supported its case.

Announcing the judgement on Monday, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said that Japan had killed around 3,600 minke whales since 2005 under its Antarctic whaling programme, known as JARPA II.

While JARPA II could broadly be characterised as “scientific research”, the…

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