Regulatory News

On Wednesday (26) the International Court of Justice in The Hague, Netherlands began reviewing accusations by the Australia government against Japan in relation to whaling in Antarctica for commercial purposes, and not scientific. The action which has come before the highest court in the United Nations was started in 2010.

According to Bill Campbell, Australian representative in The Hague, the numbers prove Japan’s objectives: each year, about 930 minke whales are captured in Antarctica, and derivatives of the cetacean species are easily found in markets and restaurants in the Asian country.

Officially, Japan abandoned commercial whaling in 1986 after an international agreement, and returned the following year to capture them for only scientific purpose. However, since then there have been many complaints of Convention breach. The Hague Court should give its opinion on the issue by the end of the year.

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