Pete Bethune, Earthrace Conservation, applauds International court verdict on Japanese whaling

 

Pete Bethune, Earthrace Conservation, applauds International court verdict on Japanese whaling

Pete Bethune

Pete Bethune

 

31 March 2014. The International Court of Justice in The Hague today (Monday, 31 March 2014) found in favor of Australia and New Zealand in the court case against Japan’s so-called Research Whaling in Antarctica.

Earthrace Conservation founder Pete Bethune, who was at the court for the original case in June 2013 and today to hear the verdict, said, “I am absolutely thrilled.  Today will go down in history as a great day for whales, for conservation and for justice.”

He said, “The verdict makes Japan’s Research Whaling program, which has killed many thousands of whales in the name of science, illegal. It also halts any likely copycat programs from the likes of Russia and Korea which had the decision favored Japan had been expected to introduce research whaling programs of their own”.

Bethune had his boat, the Ady Gil, destroyed when it was run over by a Japanese security vessel in Antarctica in January 2010.  He then spent five months in a maximum-security prison in Japan after he illegally boarded the vessel that had nearly taken the lives of himself and his crew. :::

Read more: http://www.international.to/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=58661:pete-bethune-earthrace-conservation-applauds-international-court-verdict-on-japanese-whaling&catid=37:world&Itemid=470

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