The United Nations ruled just months ago that Japan’s whaling activities did not appear to be for scientific purposes, but instead appeared to be for hunting and consumption purposes. As many species of whales are now endangered, the United Nations forbids whaling except for scientific purposes. This does allow for a loophole for some limited whaling, but whether Japan will try to fit within this loophole or continue its whaling unabated remains to be seen.
The case that landed in the International Court of Justice and established that Japan’s activities did not, in fact, meet the scientific purpose requirement. As such, the ICJ called for a ban on Japanese whaling, at least in so far as it went beyond any scientific purpose.
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