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The natural world. Looking pretty for 3.5b years.

Whales 1, Whalers 0

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Wednesday, April 2, 2014/Categories: wildlife conservation, marine mammals, sustainability, environment

In 2010, Japan was sued in the  International Court of Justice . The complaint filed by Australia and New Zealand claimed there was no justification for killing whales around Antarctica in the name of 'scientific whaling'. The Court has just agreed. If you're keeping score, the whales won.

In a 12-4 decision announced after 4 years of deliberations, judges in the Hague determined that Japan was wrongfully killing whales "under the lab coat of science" and was in violation of the International Whaling Commission . This is great news for the whales, a big embarrassment to Japan, may force the two remaining whaling nations Norway and Iceland to re-think their policies, and dissuade other nations for considering their own "scientific whaling" initiatives.

Humpback Whale  (credit: IWC)

The Court's decision was also a vote for logic and should be important anyone who believes in sustainability, wildlife conservation, and protection of other creatures that share this world with us.


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