The courtroom at the International Court of Justice in The Hague in the Netherlands is a long way from the Antarctic. It is a beautiful room with enormous stained glass windows, twelve feet up from the floor, but this is where the future of the Antarctic whales will be decided in front of a long row of 16 judges in black robes and white scarves.
After repeated requests from the world community, the International Whaling Commission (IWC) agreed to a moratorium on commercial whaling that came into effect in 1986.
Despite this international whaling moratorium Japan continues to catch these amazing marine mammals in the Antarctic in the name of scientific research but all necessary research on these whales can be done by non-lethal means.
The meat from the hunts is largely going into stora... Read more >