Thursday, April 3, 2014

BREAKING: Japan's 'research whaling' ruled illegal by International Court of Justice!

Japan's sham 'scientific whaling' programme has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court!

Via http://www.greenpeace.org/international

Whales everywhere will be jumping for joy today. Why? Japan's sham 'scientific whaling' programme has just been declared ILLEGAL in an international court!

At 10am, the judges of the International Court of Justice handed down its long-anticipated decision on whether Japan's government-subsidised whaling programme in the Southern Ocean should be allowed to continue.

While today's ruling did not outlaw the killing of whales for scientific research per se, it categorically stated that Japan's whaling programme in the Southern Ocean was not for scientific purposes, and the amount of whales being killed was not justifiable in the name of science. The court went on to say that Japan must stop issuing permits for this whaling.

Why is this news significant? Because it's binding under international law. Both Japan (the defendant) and Australia (who brought the case before the court) have already agreed to abide by the outcome of the decision.

The news confirms what we've been saying all along: this lethal whaling programme is not necessary, and is harmful to the health of our oceans. It's high time this industry was consigned to the history books.

Now this has made headlines over the world, we're calling on the Japanese Government to immediately abide by this decision, scrap the Nisshin Maru factory ship, and cease all future attempts to continue commercial whaling in the future.
continue reading: http://www.greenpeace.org/international/en/news/Blogs/makingwaves/japan-research-whaling-ruled-illegal-International-Court-of-Justice/blog/48725/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=blog&utm_term=040214_0704&ut

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More GREAT news for the whales!!! The Government of Japan has officially cancelled plans to hunt whales in the Southern Ocean this coming year. Read more: http://act.gp/Odw29z And share to celebrate for the whales!

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