Skip to comments.It's Australia v Japan over whaling in the Antarctic
Posted on 06/25/2013 6:39:08 PM PDT by TexGrill
Australia is hoping to put a permanent end to Japan's annual slaughter of hundreds of whales in the Southern Ocean, in a landmark legal challenge that begins this week.
Australia, a vocal opponent of Japan's annual "scientific" hunts in the Antarctic, says it is confident that the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague will outlaw the hunts at the end of a highly anticipated case that is due to start on Wednesday.
The whaling fleet attempts to kill 935 minke whales and 50 fin whales every year in the Southern Ocean which Australia declared a whale sanctuary in 1999 amid protests from conservation groups and countries in the region.
Australia's attorney general, Mark Dreyfus, said he was confident that the ICJ would ban the hunts before the next expedition begins at the end of this year.
"We want commercial whaling to stop and that includes the so-called scientific whaling programme that Japan has been carrying on for many years," Dreyfus, who will make Australia's case at The Hague, told reporters.
"There's no appeal from the decisions of the international court of justice. Of course we're hopeful of getting the result that we want," he said.
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There’s no appeal and there’s no enforcement. Any decision they make is completely toothless. Japan may abide by it or they simply give them the finger and keep right on whaling. I actually hope they do. These whales are not endangered.