Whaling in the Southern Ocean: Australia Vs Japan | WWF

Whaling in the Southern Ocean: Australia Vs Japan

Posted on
24 June 2013
Public hearings commence at the International Court of Justice on the case between Australia and Japan over whaling in the Southern Ocean surrounding Antarctica on 26 June 2013.

In May 2010, the Australian government initiated legal proceedings in the International Court of Justice against the government of Japan which alleged that Japanese ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean is in breach of its international obligations.

Australia has requested the International Court of Justice to order Japan to cease its so-called ‘scientific’ whaling program in the Southern Ocean, and provide assurances and guarantees that it will not take part in any further so-called ‘scientific’ whaling. New Zealand has intervened in support of Australia’s case.

“WWF is fully opposed to so-called ‘scientific’ whaling in the Southern Ocean, one of the most important areas for whales on this planet, and the site of previous relentless and devastating slaughters, from which most Southern Ocean whales are still far from recovered.” said Wendy Elliot, WWF International`s species programme. 

“WWF commends the Australian government for taking this case to the International Court of Justice, and hopes that it heralds the end of whaling in the Southern Ocean.”

Further information:
The International Court of Justice, the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, will hold public hearings from 26 June to 16 July, 2013 at the Peace Palace, The Hague.

WWF`s Save the whale, save the southern ocean report.

Wendy Elliott
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E-mail: WElliott@wwfint.org

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Southern right whale (Eubalaena australis) underwater off the Auckland Islands, New Zealand (sub Antarctic islands).
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