Australia Urges UN Court to Ban Japan Whale Hunt

The International Court of Justice in the Hague hears opening arguments Wednesday in Australia’s case against Japan’s whaling program in the Southern Ocean. The Australian government  is hopeful court action will stop Japan’s annual hunt, but Tokyo is expected to mount a vigorous defense of its whaling program.

Australia started legal action against Japan’s annual hunt in the Southern Ocean in 2010 to stop what it calls the “illegal” and “unnecessary slaughter” of …

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