Australia Gets Tough On Japanese Whale Hunting

Law360, New York (May 28, 2010, 4:43 PM EDT) -- Australian officials said Friday that they would initiate a legal action in the International Court of Justice in The Hague to try to end Japanese whale hunting in Antarctic waters.

Commercial whaling was banned in 1986 by the International Whaling Commission, but Japan has continued to kill hundreds of whales a year under a “scientific research” loophole.

In a joint statement, Australian Foreign Minister Stephen Smith, Environment Minister Peter Garrett and Attorney General Robert McClelland said their decision to bring a legal action demonstrated their commitment...
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