Japan and other countries are opposing a proposed whale sanctuary.
Japan and other countries are opposing a proposed whale sanctuary. Blainey Woodham

Japan opposes migratory whale sanctuary

JAPAN has led opposition to the creation of a sanctuary for migratory whales in the Southern Atlantic, after its "scientific whaling" program was ruled illegal by the International Whaling Commission.

The commission passed a resolution after the International Court of Justice ruled earlier this year Japan's program was illegal.

While whaling countries could now be forced to put quotas on lethal whaling research, Japan and other whaling countries pushed back against a separate proposed sanctuary.

Japan's argument, backed by Norway and Iceland among others, was that the IWC needed to put commercial interests before the environment, and a vote on the issue is expected early next week.'

A vote supporting that argument could spell the end for a proposed sanctuary from whaling programs in the southern Atlantic Ocean.

But the other resolution, backed by Australia which took Japan to the ICJ over its whaling program, has stepped up pressure on Japan to abandon its plans to continue whaling next year.

- APN NEWSDESK


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