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United Nations Court Tells Japan to Stop Killing Whales

Written by Jennifer O'Connor | March 31, 2014

Whales in the Southern Ocean can swim in peace for now, after the International Court of Justice—the United Nations’ judicial body—suspended Japan’s annual massacre.

Sperm Whale Tail

Despite worldwide condemnation, Japan has continued to slaughter whales in defiance of the International Whaling Commission moratorium on commercial whaling, which went into effect in 1986. Even though whale flesh is widely available in Japan, the thinly disguised commercial whaling operation has been defended as “scientific research.” The court found that those claims were unfounded. People have been mesmerized watching the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society‘s actions to interrupt the hunt on the television show Whale Wars.

“In light of the fact the [research program] has been going on since 2005, and has involved the killing of about 3,600 minke whales, the scientific output to date appears limited,” said U.N. Presiding Judge Peter Tomka.

But the fight isn’t over yet. While Japan must suspend the carnage in the Southern Ocean, the court’s ruling does not stop the country’s second, smaller killing program in the northern Pacific. And both Norway and Iceland brazenly continue to kill minke whales.

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  • dee says:

    WTF is wrong with these people and please someone make them stop this now!!

  • Karen Simpson says:

    Killing of whales should stop EVERYWHERE. The Southern Ocean is a start but it must be stopped by all countries who are involved in the killing.

  • Despina M. Andrelus says:

    “A righteous man regards the life of animals” – PROVERBS 12:10; “If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion & pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men” – ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI; “I hope to make people realize how totally helpless animals are, how dependent on us, trusting as a child must that we will be kind and take care of their needs…(They) are an obligation put on us, a responsibility we have no rights to neglect, nor to violate by cruelty….” – JAMES HARRIOT; “The greatness of a nation & its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated” – MAHATMA GANDHI

  • Angela Grammatico says:

    They have NO MERCY for animals.

  • FionaLau says:

    They need to educate theIr next generation to STOP this bloody killing FOREVER !!

  • Mary says:

    More needs to be done so that no more whales die, this makes me sic that this has to stop!

  • Diane says:

    Like they’re not already killing enough things out of the ocean. Stop killing these beautiful animals. Let them live their lives just like you people want to live yours.( By you people I mean “all that kills these whales.)” There is so much food to eat without all this killing!

  • Please Stop Killing Whales, Dolphins, Seals Etc, they have a right to live also!!!

  • Lisa Ann Kelly says:

    Norway, Iceland and Japan are three of the wealthiest countries in the world. For my part, I wrote to each of their Prime Ministers and let them know I have been boycotting and will continue to boycott any and all of their countries’ products. I will not travel to these countries. Not until the whale slaughter stops. Maybe, with all their wealth, they don’t care, but I will not put up a penny of my money, to help finance the killing of marine mammals.

  • Kat says:

    There has GOT to be something, something huge to get the attention of these murderers and make them stop the carnage. Our Oceans are in horrible condition. And they keep killing sharks, an apex predator. Minke whales, almost endangered. Reefs are damaged, some beyond repair. These ‘people’ should be jailed and part of their penance is to go and clean up the reefs and plant new corals. I think SO much is happening, we have become numb to the news. But it’s here – tipping points – where there is no fix. We need to become alive with the fever to cure our planet! Ad campaigns, instead of Wen and No No and whatever that doctor’s skin care is about….take half of those off the air and replace them with planet Campaign ads!!! I personally think we need to reawaken this world!

  • Douglass Watts says:

    Whales, dolphins and their kin must be preserved at all costs. They are intellegent, kind creatures that don’t need to be slaughtered or penned up for any reason

  • Stef says:

    I sat in on an afternoon session of this court hearing at the Peace Palace in The Hague, Netherlands last July. Beyond excited about the outcome 🙂 Another victory for the whales!

  • amo japón pero no pueden comercializar con un animal y matándolos con tanta violencia, ni siquiera deberíamos comercializar con ellos, todos los países tienen su lado oscuro :(, bien peta esto es un gran avance

  • One step at a time brings us closer to our ultimate goal. To me that is a Vegan world.Every creature has a right to live and not suffer at the hands of man kind.

  • Miryam says:

    Peace and love that’s it…what if it was you in the sea ??

  • Elena says:


  • isabel says:

    Hay que dejar a los animalitos en paz.

  • Gary Miller says:

    I hope they do the same thing for the Dolphins because Dolphins are just as important.

  • Rashel says:

    Stop killing poor whales

  • drumhobo says:

    Now we need to stop taiji dolphin killing and canada seal killing.

  • Cheryl says:

    This needs to stop now!! It is sick and barbaric! !

  • STOP KILLING WHALES !!!!!!!!!!!

  • Rabin says:

    The world can survive without killing those poor animals. I think it is time for the people to understand it and stop these massacre.

  • Kathy Angvik says:


  • Janice Parkinson says:

    Stop this mass murder these are intelligent animals and do not deserve to be driven to extinction

  • Denise wheatley says:

    Please stop hunting and killing these intelligent gentle giants

  • Julie says:

    I believe this has gone on long enough. We have alternatives; use them. This also applies to all living creatures with which we SHARE this Earth with.

  • Åsa says:

    Stop the killing of the whales

  • dani jansen says:

    STOP whale hunting everywhere on earth!