Japan will continue scientific whaling in Pacific, say reports
Published on Apr 18, 2014 12:58 PM
TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has decided to continue its whaling programme in the Pacific Ocean, reports said on Friday, despite losing a United Nations court case on its other "research" hunt in the Antarctic.
If confirmed, the move will likely spark anger among environmentalists who hailed last month's ruling by the UN's International Court of Justice (ICJ) that Tokyo's hunt in the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity disguised as science.
Japan has exploited a loophole in a 1986 moratorium that allowed it to conduct lethal research on the mammals, but has openly admitted that their meat makes its way onto dinner tables.
Campaigners urged Tokyo to follow the spirit of the ruling, and not just its letter - which specifically referred to Japan's hunt in the Antarctic, not its other research scheme in the northwest Pacific or its smaller coastal programme.
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