The Whales Have Won

April 7th, 2014

On March 31st, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) made a decision in the case of Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan, New Zealand intervening). In a vote of 12 to 4, the Court has found that Japan’s whaling program, JARPA II, does not conform with many rules of scientific research set by the International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling. The press release states that the Court “orders that Japan revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence to kill, take or treat whales in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits under Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the Convention, in pursuance of that programme.” Before the verdict, advocates were worried that the hunting of non-endangered whales would be permitted, but the ruling states that JARPA II must conform to the regulations for all whales. Read the full judgement here and more information about the decision from the view of conservation programs here!

A whale is captured by the Yushin Maru