And apparently Japan will back down.Top UN court orders Japan to end Antarctic whale hunt
The United Nations' top court on Monday ordered Japan to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, saying in a landmark ruling that the programme was a commercial activity disguised as science.
The ruling follows years of litigation by Australia brought before the highest court of the UN, the International Court of Justice which has diversity jurisdiction over willing parties. Third party harassment of whaling fleets have also been highlighted by the media and to some extent successful in curtailing the hunt."As a state that respects the rule of law… and as a responsible member of the global community, Japan will abide by the decision of the court," chief negotiator Koji Tsuruoka told reporters outside the ICJ.
The primary targeted minke whale is not an endangered species, and the hunts typically haul in less than 1% of the population per year.