#AceEnvironmentNews – TOKYO – April 03 – Japan said Thursday it was cancelling its annual Antarctic whaling hunt for the first time in more than a quarter of a century, AFP reported.
The move comes in line with a UN court ruling that the program was a commercial activity disguised as science. Tokyo earlier this week said it was “deeply disappointed,” but agreed to honour Monday’s judgement by the UN’s Hague-based International Court of Justice – ANS2014 – http://wp.me/p165ui-4Bq
The next Antarctic hunt, which would have started in late 2014, has been scrapped, just weeks after the most recent one finished, officials said on Thursday.
However, they did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programs.
According to (JakartaGlobe) Tokyo has used a legal loophole in the 1986 ban on commercial whaling that allowed it to continue slaughtering the mammals, ostensibly so it could gather scientific data.
However, it has never made a secret of the fact that the whale meat from these hunts can end on dining tables.
Japan also has a coastal whaling program that is not covered by the ban.