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Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

Australia to take Japan to court over whaling

Australia has announced it will take Japan to the International Court of Justice in a bid to prevent it whaling in the Antarctic Ocean.
Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney-General Robert McClelland say it underlines the government's "commitment to bring to an end Japan's program of so-called scientific whaling" in the southern seas.
They announced the decision to take Australia's important trading partner to the court in The Hague in a joint statement on Friday.
Japan gets around an international ban on commercial whaling by arguing that it harpoons hundreds of whales each year for scientific research.


Updated : 2021-04-15 08:30 GMT+08:00