Japan ordered to end whaling as UN destroys ‘science’ claim

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'Unjustified': A United Nations court threw out Japan's argument the catch was for research reasons (Picture: AFP/Getty) ‘Unjustified’: A United Nations court threw out Japan’s argument the catch was for research reasons (Picture: AFP/Getty)

Judges today ordered Japan to end its whaling programme in the Antarctic after ruling the size of the killing was ‘unjustified’ for scientific purposes.

A United Nations court threw out the country’s argument that the catch was for research reasons and not primarily for human consumption.

Tokyo said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ but would abide by the decision while campaigners said they hoped it would help bring a complete end to whaling around the world.

The International Court of Justice said no further licences should be issued for scientific whaling, where animals are first examined for research purposes before the meat is sold to consumers.

‘In light of the fact the research programme has been going on since 2005, and has involved the killing of about 3,600 minke whales, the scientific output to…

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