In a groundbreaking decision this week, the International Court of Justice – the highest UN court – ordered that Japan immediately stop its whaling program in the Antarctic.
The case, which was brought by the Australian Government and has taken four long years, has been hailed by conservationists and animal welfare groups around the world. Success rested on whether or not the court could be persuaded that Japan was using “scientific research” simply as a cover for what was actually commercial whaling – and in the end they were.
So what do you think? Let us know your thoughts and passions on the subject. Do you see this as a resounding victory in the animal welfare cause and a leap forward in conservation, or do you think it was a waste of government money?