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Japan to a Stop on Its Whaling Program. Environmentalists Do Not Approve Of It.

Japan to a Stop on Its Whaling Program. Environmentalists Do Not Approve Of It

The issue regarding the whaling for scientific research in Japan was first raised and opposed by Australia in 2010. The UN’S International Court of Justice ruled out the whaling program JARPA II, Japanese Whaling Research Program me under a Special Permit in the Antarctic. The four year battle came to a halt after the judicial court has put a temporary stop on the whaling permit on ethical grounds. Environmentalists across have fears that whaling is mostly used for commercial purposes in the name of research. Whale meat is quite popular part of cuisine in Japan.

Japan to a Stop on Its Whaling Program. Environmentalists Do Not Approve Of It

The United Nations judicial panel has conveyed that the Whaling in Japan in not in accordance the three provisions of the ICRW (International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling). To this Japanese foreign affairs Ministry spokesman Noriyuki Shikata commented that this move will hurt the sentiments of Japanese people deeply. She further added, her reaction to this international ban as, “an attempt to force its cultural norms on Japan, equivalent to Hindus demanding an international ban on killing cows,” However this in not the common response. Activist groups like Sea Shepherd have been associated with pursuing the hunters not to kill. This has led to huge disputes for many years now.

To study whales a research group headed by Mr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, director of Wildlife Conservation Society’s Ocean Giants Program administers non lethal methods like satellite tagging to trail and study these animals. The international court of justice hopes that Japan can also adopt similar non violent and non killing methods for their research. With the number of marine life especially whales decreasing it is the responsibility of nations to come together and stop such in human practices.

 

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