Japan killed 30 Minke whales during April-June 2014 whaling season as part of its research hunts in the north-west Pacific Ocean. This action of Japan has been reported despite the International Court of Justice (ICJ) had ordered a ban on the country from hunting for such purposes.
The report of Japanese Fisheries Agency stated that during the whaling season hunting has continued and 30 minke whales were caught and killed off Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefacture. It also said that another group is hunting for in the remote part of the Ocean.
Earlier, the ICJ in March 2014 ruled that whale hunting for scientific research in the Southern Ocean (Antarctic whaling) is illegal under international law and should be stopped. ICJ in its ruling banned Japan’s JARPA II (begun in 2005) whaling programme in the Antarctic. The UNs top court imposed a temporary halt on Japan’s whaling programmme in Antarctic waters after hearing a case brought against Japan by Australia and environmental groups. The presiding Judge Peter Tomka of ICJ said that the court’s 16-member panel has decided that the whaling exercise of Japan is not justified.
The court in its decision imposed ban on whaling permits until the programme is redesigned. On the other hand, Japan also agreed to the direction.
Limitation of the ruling of International Court of Justice (ICJ)
ICJ in its judgement asked Japan to stop whaling in Antarctic under JARPA II but it doesn’t make any mention on its annual hunts in the Pacific. Therefore, Japan was free to continue hunting of whales in the Pacific.
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Where: north-west Pacific Ocean
What: killed 30 Minke whales