Judges at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) have kicked Japan's "scientific whaling" in the Southern Ocean into oblivion!
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The ICJ sided with Australia (which was supported by NZ) by ruling the "scientific" output of the whaling programme did not justify the number of whales killed. To be expected, our Foreign Affairs Munster Womble McCully is crowing that NZ can take "significant credit" for all of this!! After his pathetic bleatings, I can't see why he believes he deserves any kudos…!
The ICJ orders that no further licences be issued for "scientific whaling". Presiding Judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia: "In light of the fact the JARPA II (research programme) has been going on since 2005, and has involved the killing of about 3600 minke whales, the scientific output to date appears limited."
The judgment is an embarrassment to Japan, but Tokyo could continue whaling if it devised a new, more persuasive scientific programme, or if it withdrew from the whaling moratorium or the 1946 Intl.Convention for the Regulation of Whaling.
Womble McCully has stopped short of saying some thanks sould go to Sea Shepherd. Of COURSE he would! After all, it was McCully ALONE who achieved this final harpooning SINGLEHANDEDLY! Riiigghhtt!! Tosser!
Global diplomatic efforts are now needed to ensure that new loopholes are not found to continue whaling operations. Japan meantime will keep buying whale meat from Norway and Iceland...