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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific" 188

First time accepted submitter Nodsnarb (2851527) writes "The UN's international Court of Justice (ICJ) has ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program is not for scientific purposes. In a statement, the court said that Japan's programme involved activities which 'can broadly be characterised as scientific research.' However, it said that 'the evidence does not establish that the programme's design and implementation are reasonable in relation to achieving its stated objectives.' It added: 'The court concludes that the special permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking and treating of whales in connection with JARPA II are not 'for purposes of scientific research' pursuant to [the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling].'"
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UN Court: Japanese Whaling "Not Scientific"

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  • by mean pun ( 717227 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @09:34AM (#46620489)

    How will the UN enforce this? This is nothing more than a symbolic gesture as I don't think sanctions are likely to hurt Japan all that much.

    Since Japan is using UN resolutions/verdicts against China in its geo-political battles, they do not want to be seen as flouting UN verdicts themselves.

    Also, whale meat is actually not that popular in Japan, so much so that the whalers have to dump their stocks: []. The reason Japan has persisted in whaling despite all the protests is a mixture of lobbying, nationalist sentiments, and fears that banning whaling will open the door to more restrictions of fishing rights.

    I'm sure some Japanese politicians will thank the gods of their choice for this verdict.

  • by Cyberax ( 705495 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @09:57AM (#46620679)
    Not really. Cooking adds 10-20% to actual caloric content of food. Mainly because it breaks down complex molecules, making them easier to digest.
  • by HnT ( 306652 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @10:13AM (#46620849)

    So, can someone explain to me why whaling is such a very bad thing the whole Western world has to get in an uproar - yet destroying huge portions of the rain forest and endangering species living in it to breed cattle or grow soy is ok? It's not like our culinary preferences are not endangering other species and destroying their natural habitats.
    But when it's whales, all of a sudden it matters?

  • by quenda ( 644621 ) on Monday March 31, 2014 @10:49AM (#46621215)

    There is an east-west cultural difference here.

    In the West, we have "plausible deniability", where we can't be 100% sure they knew they were telling lies.

    In the East, a plain-as-day outright lie is more polite than saying "no, we withdraw from your treaty.".

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