Japan Banned by International Court From Whale Hunting in Antarctic
The International Court of Justice has ruled that Japan must revoke whaling permits in the Antarctic and that they cannot grant new ones. Japan argued for hunting on scientific grounds, but the court ruled they had not generated enough evidence to justify killing hundreds of whales. The complaint was first filed by Australia in May 2010. Japan set annual sample size "limits" of 50 per species of fin whales and humpback whales as well as 850 Antarctic minke whales; only two papers that referred to nine whales total came from the efforts. With allegations being hurled of commercial hunting, Japan retains that they sold meat to "fund research."
By Jordan Moses
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