UN Bans Japan from Antarctic Whaling

Date: 26/05/2014

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that the Japanese government halt its whaling programme in the Antarctic.

It agreed with Australia, which presented the case in 2010 claiming the Japanese whaling programme was not for scientific research arguing that the programme was commercial whaling in disguise. A score of other countries condemned Japan for the practice, yet it took four years for UN’s ICJ to pass its verdict. The court’s decision is considered legally binding.

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