The UN International Court of Justice (ICJ) today, March 31, 2014, ruled that Japan’s meager scientific output about whales did not justify the killing of 850 Minke Whales. The ruling should end Japan’s so-called scientific whaling, but environmental groups such as Greenpeace International and the Sea Shepherd worry that Japan will find its way around the ruling as they have done in the past.
John Frizell, Greenpeace International whales campaign coordinator said:
“We welcome this outcome which vindicates our view that whaling in the Southern Ocean is not necessary for science and should be ended. We urge Japan to abide by this decision, scrap the factory ship Nisshin Maru and not attempt to continue whaling by amending the program and claiming it is now scientific.”
According to The Daily Beast, Whale and dolphin make their way into school lunches has are sold in public markets including Tokyo’s most famous whale specialty restaurants, Ganso Kujiraya (The Original Whale Seller).
Australia brought the case to the ICJ. A vote of 12 to four invalidates Japans special permits for “scientific whaling.” This ruling is final, and appeals will not be heard.