The Cousteau Society, observer at the Interational Whaling commission and involved in the battle against commercial whaling, welcomes the ruling of the International Court of Justice on the legality of Japan’s ‘scientific’ whaling program.
The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that the Japanese government must halt its whaling program in the Antarctic. This is a clear win for the whales!
Since the moratorium on commercial whaling came into effect after 1986, Japan have issued scientific permits as part of their « research » programs, killing more than 14 000 whales in 28 years, mainly in the Antarctic.
The ICJ agreed with Australia, which brought the case in May 2010, that the program was not for scientific research as claimed by Japan authorities. Australia argued that the program was commercial whaling in disguise.
The court’s decision is considered legally binding. Japan said it would abide by the decision but added it “regrets and is deeply disappointed by the decision”, according to a statement by the chief cabinet secretary of Japan.