April 4, 2014 1 Comment
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 scientific output from the programme was limited, and Japan had not sufficiently justified the whaling quotas it had set, the ICJ said.”
Japan whaling ban welcomed in Australia and New Zealand
Humans have been eating kangaroos for over 40,000 years, and kangaroos are prone to over-population. Many species of whales, however, are endangered, and Japanese whaling ‘culture’ was limited to their own coastline from its beginning in the 12th century. The hunting of other species of whales in the Antarctic Ocean only began in the 20th century. Japan’s current lethal ‘research’ is absurd and their exploitation of legal loopholes is contemptible. Commercial whaling is not economically viable, and is nothing more than misplaced nationalism.
“He [Foreign Minister Katsuya Okada] just clearly enunciated the fundamental, unaltered Japanese position: whale meat is part of Japan’s cultural heritage; international law allows Japan to whale in open waters; Japan isn’t hunting threatened species; and if Australians have a cultural objection to hunting whales, most Japanese find their eating kangaroos disgusting — without encouraging vigilantes to disrupt the Skippy-killing.”
‘Leaders place plain speaking on the agenda’
11 January, 2010
Japanese Whaling ‘Culture’