World Court Rules for Whales

1.04.2014
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On Monday morning, 31 March 2014, the International Court of Justice in The Hague ruled in favor of Australia and against Japan’s scientific whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The ruling from the Court reads:

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The International Court of Justice (ICJ), the principal judicial organ of the United Nations, has today rendered its Judgment in the case concerning Whaling in the Antarctic (Australia v. Japan: New Zealand intervening).
In that Judgment, which is final, without appeal

and binding on the Parties, the Court,
(1) finds, unanimously, that it has jurisdiction to entertain the Application filed by Australia on 31 May 2010;
(2) finds, by twelve votes to four, that the special permits granted by Japan in connection with JARPA II do not fall within the provisions of Article VIII, paragraph 1, of the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling;
(3) finds, by twelve votes to four, that Japan, by granting special permits to kill, take and treat fin, humpback and Antarctic minke whales in pursuance of JARPA II, has not acted in conformity with its obligations under paragraph 10 (e) of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling;
(4) finds, by twelve votes to four, that Japan has not acted in conformity with its obligations under paragraph 10 (d) of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin whales in pursuance of JARPA II;
(5) finds, by twelve votes to four, that Japan has not acted in conformity with its obligations under paragraph 7 (b) of the Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling in relation to the killing, taking and treating of fin whales in the ?Southern Ocean Sanctuary? in pursuance of JARPA II;
(6) finds, by thirteen votes to three, that Japan has complied with its obligations under paragraph 30 of the

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Schedule to the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling with regard to JARPA II;
(7) decides, by twelve votes to four, that Japan shall revoke any extant authorization, permit or licence granted in relation to JARPA II, and refrain from granting any further permits in pursuance of that programme.

JapanTimes

The Whaleman Foundation is thrilled with the Court’s decision and Japan’s statement that they will abide by the decision. This ruling puts an end to Japan’s so-called scientific whaling program in the Southern Ocean and the inhumane slaughter of hundreds of minke whales.

The ruling has received international press, including a cover story on The Japan Times, as delivered to founder Jeff Pantukhoff’s Tokyo hotel room this morning.

One response on “World Court Rules for Whales

  1. Andy Schneider says:

    Hi Jeff: You and your entire foundation Staff deserve a lot of credit for this great news. Great work!
    As mentioned during our tour with you and Gene on the Silver banks… Ernest and I will make a donation to your cause with funds we collected/donated via my firm. We all need more big wins like this…

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