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Scientific whaling not for scientific purposes

International court of justice rules against Japan

Scientific whaling not for scientific purposes

The international court of justice in The Hague has ruled that Japan’s “scientific” whaling programme is not for scientific purposes.

Australia took Japan to court after growing conflicts concerning Japanese whaling activities in the protected southern seas. ICJ president Peter Tomka said the court concluded the scientific permits granted by Japan for its whaling program were not scientific research as defined under International Whaling Commission rules. Therefore, no more permits are to be granted in the future. Japan stated it would respect the ruling, despite feeling “deep disappointment” to the ban.

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