Court Orders Japan to Stop Antarctic Whaling
Japan’s long history of whaling in the Antarctic must stop, the International Court of Justice has ruled. Citing scientific curiosity and the importance of whaling to Japanese culture, Japan has been hunting whales for decades, but with devastating consequences. An estimated 3,600 minke whales have died since the country began its current operation in the Antarctic in 2005. Critics of the program have challenged the notion that Japanese whaling is purely scientific, as whale meat turns a tremendous profit as an expensive delicacy. The ICJ has ruled Antarctic whaling unscientific, and Japan says it will accept the ban.