The United Nation’s International Court of Justice has ruled against Japanese whaling in the Antarctic, in a case brought by Australia and supported by New Zealand. The BBC reports:
Supporters of the ban say they are “delighted.” Japan said it would comply with the judgement, but was “deeply disappointed.” […]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 program, known as JARPA II.While JARPA II could broadly be characterized as “scientific research,” the scientific output from the program was limited, and Japan had not sufficiently justified the whaling quotas it had set, the ICJ said.
The Antarctic minke whales can finally live without fear of harpoons or nets. They’re fortunate. Far too few human beings in this world enjoy a comparable sense of security.The Court took the case on account of the 3,600 whales killed since 2005. The 150,000 people killed in Syria over the past three years haven’t yet caught the honorable judges’ attention.