Cial hunt­ing

The East African - - OUTLOOK -

ary man­age­ment of By leav­ing the IWC ul­ti­lat­er­al­ism and set­dent for con­ser­va­tion e very se­ri­ous ne­gar the world's whales," ng a re­prieve for the ur­rently pro­tected in but at a very high ing whale stocks, the ato­rium on com­mer86, a move cred­ited pecies from im­mi­nent n, Iceland and Nor­way have con­tin­ued to hunt whales. Ja­pan has un­til now jus­ti­fied its an­nual Antarc­tic whale hunt in the name of sci­en­tific re­search, which it says is nec­es­sary to eval­u­ate global pop­u­la­tions of whale species.

That ar­gu­ment was re­jected by the In­ter­na­tional Court of Jus­tice in 2014, when it ruled that Ja­pan's Antarc­tic hunt had no sci­en­tific ba­sis. Ja­pan stopped for a year, then re­sumed with a new "re­search pro­gram" that it claimed met the court's con­cerns. In Oc­to­ber, the Con­ven­tion on In­ter­na­tional Trade in Endangered Species also struck a blow against Ja­pan's whal­ing in­dus­try.

Pic­ture: File

Ja­pan says it will start com­mer­cial whale hunt­ing.

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