AMSTERDAM, March 31 Japan's whaling programme in
seas near Antarctica is not for scientific purposes, judges at
the U.N.'s highest court ruled on Monday, agreeing with
Australia that Tokyo should revoke permits to catch and kill
whales for research purposes.
Australia, which brought the case before the International
Court of Justice in The Hague in 2010, had argued that Japan's
assertion that it was carrying out scientific research was a
figleaf to justify what was in fact pure commercial whaling.
"In light of the fact the JARPA II (resaerch programme) has
been going on since 2005, and has involved the killiing of about
3,600 minke whales, the scientific output to date appears
limited," said presiding judge Peter Tomka of Slovakia.
(Reporting by Thomas Escritt, editing by Anthony Deutsch and