Japan to resume whaling in the Antarctic
Japan has announced it is to resume whaling in the Antarctic. The new programme, which is set to start in 2016, goes against an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Japan cease all whaling. The UK government, along with the Australian government and a multitude of environmental organisations, has criticised the decision. The Japanese government insists it has accounted for the ICJ ruling - and the years of associated international wrangling - and will only catch 333 whales rather than the previous quota of 1,000. It continues to insist the programme is for ‘scientific purposes’. A spokesperson for the UK environment ministry, Defra, said: “We are deeply disappointed with Japan’s decision to restart whaling in the Southern Ocean. This undermines the global ban on commercial whaling which the UK strongly supports.” Japan was banned from whaling after Australia won a case at the ICJ ruling that its ‘scientific’ programme was not scientific at all.