Japan's annual hunt for hundreds of whales in the Antarctic is nothing more than business disguised as science, Australia told the UN's highest court on Wednesday at the start of hearings in the emotionally-charged case.
Japanese fishermen slaughter a bottlenose whale at Wada port in Minami-Boso city, Chiba prefecture, on June 25, 2008. Australia has taken its battle to stop Japanese whaling in the Antarctic to the UN's highest court, in an emotionally charged case activists say is make-or-break for the giant marine mammals' future.
Canberra argued before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that Japan is exploiting a loophole by continuing to hunt whales as scientific research in spite of a 1986 International Whaling Commission ban on commercial whaling.
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