NZ welcomes Japanese whaling decision

New Zealand has welcomed an International Court of Justice decision that Japan’s whaling program does not serve the purposes of scientific research and must cease.

 
 

Toon by Mark Winter, a New Zealand cartoonist, currently living in London. Get in touch om Twitter (@ChicanePictures) or at www.chicanepictures.com

Toon by Mark Winter, a New Zealand cartoonist, currently living in London. Get in touch om Twitter  (@ChicanePictures) or at www.chicanepictures.com  
 

“The ICJ decision sinks a giant harpoon into the legality of Japan’s whaling program: JARPA II,” Foreign Affairs Minister Murray McCully said following Monday’s decision at The Hague.

“New Zealand has consistently opposed Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling, which is a practice that is deeply offensive to many New Zealanders,” he said in a statement.

“The court has found that there are limits on the way Japan can conduct so-called ‘scientific’ whaling and that Japan’s JARPA II program does not meet reasonable criteria for scientific research.

Mr McCully said New Zealand hoped Japan would accept and respect the court’s decision.

 
 

 
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