- Monday, 24 March 2014
By Rod Marining, Co-Founder of Greenpeace
Quartermaster of the Sea Shepherd Flagship, The Steve Irwin
I believe that we will win, and that yes, Australia can win the International Court Case Against Japanese whaling!
On March 31st this year, it is my hope that the International Court of Justice (ICJ) will side with the Australian and New Zealand governments and state that “scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary and the North Pacific will be prohibitive under International Law.” A ruling for whales has the potential to cause international political shock waves, and might pit numerous nations against Japan. It could even upset military alliances. Even trade sanctions against Japan might be threatened. If the ruling passes, and so-called scientific whaling is outlawed, then the world’s oceans, more than half the planet, will be a whale sanctuary. So-called scientific whaling being conducted in the North Pacific and Southern Oceans will be banned by the ICJ under its present form.