Australia case in the International Court of Justice continues. Japans arguments begin
Overnight Japan’s opportunity to provide the International Court of Justice with their opening arguments in Australia’s unprecedented case against Japan’s so-called ‘scientific whaling’ of minke and fin whales in the Antarctic began. Humane Society International (HSI) is following the case closely, having first put forward the idea for this case more than 10 years ago. Japan in its presentations claimed that Australia was on a moral crusade to try to collapse the International Whaling Commission.
“It is disappointing that Japan continues to focus on the politics of whaling, rather than the real issue at stake, that of the lack of science in their so-called ‘scientific whaling’ program,” HSI’s Alexia Wellbelove said.
“HSI maintains that whaling under the guise of the scientific exemption to the moratorium is an abuse of rights and a breach of Japan’s conservation obligations. We hope that the court is able to see through the politics of Japan’s approach and instead consider the detailed scientific arguments before them.”
HSI is available for comment throughout the court’s hearings, which end on 16th July.