|Ruling against Japan shows butchering whales ‘no longer tolerated’
Today’s ruling by the International Court of Justice in the Hague ordering a temporary stay on Japanese whale slaughter is a clear message to the world, a leading non-governmental agency said.
“Neither commercial nor scientific whaling have any place in the 21st century,'' said Claire Bass, Head of Wildlife Campaigns at World Society for the Protection of Animals, after the ruling.
“This decision sends a clear message to governments around the world that the exploitation of animals will no longer be tolerated and animals must be protected at the highest level,'' Bass said in an email to AFP.
“All eyes are now on Japan to respect this decision,'' she said.
A Japanese Fisheries Agency official told AFP ahead of the ruling that it maintained the view that “Japan's whaling is purely for the purposes of obtaining scientific data, so that whale resources can be sustainably maintained.’’
Tokyo has consistently defended the practice of eating whale meat as a culinary tradition and vowed it would “never stop whaling.’’
(A 2009 image by Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research show workers measuring a captured mink whale on the deck of Japanese whaling ship, the Nisshin Maru, in the Ross Sea, off Antarctica).