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UPDATE Australia takes Japan to International Court to save Minke Whales



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From   Whales Alive   –   21 June 2013

The case against Japan’s whaling program being heard at the    International court of Justice   (ICJ) begins at The Hague on Wednesday June 26th.

“Japan will be severely embarrassed by being dragged to this international court” says Mick McIntyre,  Executive Director of Australian based whale conservation group Whales Alive. McIntyre  will be attending the court case as an observer.

The case against Japan has been brought  by the Australian Government who will argue that  Japan’s  whaling program in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary breaches international law .

“We all know that Japan’s so called scientific whaling program is a sham and finally we have the law on our side” says McIntyre.

“We expect the judges of the ICJ to agree with the Australian Government that Japan’s whaling contravenes international law.”

“This case against Japan is a once in a generation opportunity to stop this barbaric whaling, which is outdated, inherently cruel and for products that nobody needs.”



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Japan asserts that it is necessary to take up to 935  minke whales  per year in the Southern Ocean alone in order to conduct its so-called “scientific” research.  It has granted its whalers a Special Permit to also take 50 finback whales and 50 humpback whales annually, but so far has refrained from killing Humpback Whales.   This farce is under the name of JARPA 2 and more information can be found at this link   HERE.

Humankind’s activities have severe consequences for the many species that live in the oceans. Climate change, the destruction of the ozone layer, pollution from toxic wastes and over-fishing all play their role in destroying the whales’ home.   Today there are so many human-made pollutants entering the world’s oceans that there are no longer any areas which can be classified as “untouched.”

Organochlorines in whales have the potential to disrupt a variety of biochemical and physiological processes. Organochlorines concentrate in whales’ large blubber reserves. At times, when they are migrating, whales will not feed and so will live off these reserves. If the reserves are contaminated with pollutants it may cause the animal to become ill. In addition to this, organochlorines are transferred from mother to calf during lactation, or nursing.

Whales can become entangled in various fishing gear designed to catch crabs and lobsters and once entangled can drag the lines, ropes, traps and floats for months, slowing the whale down reducing it’s potential to dive, feed, and migrate effectively. The ropes typically cut into the whales flesh and cause serious wounds, sometimes removing entire tail flukes or pectoral fins. These eventuate in the whale becoming weak and increase the potential for predation from sharks and killer whales.

The International Whaling Commission was established in Washington USA in 1946. Its aim was to achieve the maximum sustainable utilisation of whale stocks, and protect the future of stocks as a resource.  Unfortunately, it has no powers of enforcement, and some countries either refuse to sign recommendations, or leave the commission when they disagree with it.

In May 1994, the IWC met in Mexico City where, by 23 votes to one, the Commission agreed to establish the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.  The Southern Ocean provides the main feeding grounds for sperm whales and all of the baleen whales (except for Bryde’s whale) in the southern hemisphere.  Even though Japan registered an official protest against the Sanctuary, they could not gain enough support to prevent it from becoming a reality.

Source of information:   Whales Alive

When one hears the word “whale” one usually thinks of a baleen whale (e.g. a blue whale, humpback whale or minke whale) or a sperm whale (one of the “toothed whales’).   However, the toothed whales  include dolphins and porpoises, as stated by the  International Whaling Commission.

Public hearings are now under way in The Hague as Australia and Japan take their fight over the taking of mainly Minke Whales to the ICJ.  Australia will argue that Tokyo’s scientific research programme – under which it kills whales – is commercial whaling in disguise.  Japan – which aims to catch up to 1,000 whales each year – says it is ready to defend its right to conduct research.

The first round of oral arguments began on Wednesday 25 June 2013, with Australia taking the floor for three days to set out its case that Japan’s position that its whaling activities are for scientific purposes “is not only untenable, it is dangerous” for whale populations.

Japan will make its counter arguments over three days from next Tuesday. A further round of arguments, including an intervention from New Zealand, will then take place with the case wrapping up on 16 July 2013 – though a ruling is then not expected for several months.  UN WebTV   has the proceedings in French on its website, but no English translations available yet.    The Press Release is available   HERE.    However, you CAN read verbatim transcripts of the Proceedings –  please  CLICK  HERE  – thank you.

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