I have great news to share with you!
The UN's International Court of Justice ruled that Japan must stop whaling in the Antarctic.
Vassili Papastavrou, a whale biologist on the IFAW whale team, and I were there when the decision was announced. In a blog on our website, my colleague Vassili describes what it was like to witness this historic moment.
It was a long journey to justice at the World Court.
The decision was focused on Japan's so-called "scientific" whaling in the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary around Antarctica. The government of Japan claimed it could lawfully kill as many whales as it liked, so long as they were killed in the name of science. Over the last decade, Japanese whalers killed thousands of whales, with little scientific results produced from the slaughter of whales.
Australia, New Zealand and conservation-minded countries around the world had long criticized this practice and called upon Japan to stop. Last June, after years of preparatory briefs and written arguments, world class legal teams for Australia (supported by New Zealand) and Japan argued the case.
Nine months later, the World Court has released its decision.
The court ordered that Japan should withdraw all permits and licenses for whaling in the Antarctic and refrain from issuing any new ones under their current lethal whaling program.
IFAW has campaigned to end commercial whaling for more than 30 years.
We've long pushed for whales to have their day in court, and we are thrilled that justice has been served.
The fight to protect whales will not stop now. Whales still face many other threats, including ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, ocean noise pollution and degradation of critical habitat areas. We will continue to work on creating a better world for animals.
But today, let's take a moment to celebrate a hard-earned victory - and some great news for the whales.
I think this is wonderful news!
Yes Donna, IT IS! Thanks for letting us know the outcome Best, s + The Wuffs
Such fabulous news!! Thanks for sharing Donna!
Fantastic news. Thank you for telling us
This news made my day! I am thrilled and pray Japan will obey the new rules.
Yea!!!! One more for the animals.