Japanese Scientific Whaling “Unlawful” Say Top Legal Experts
The panel’s report, dubbed the Paris Report on Illegal Whaling, states that, “there is strong evidence that the ‘scientific whaling’ conducted by some members of the IWC is in violation of the moratorium on commercial whaling,” and that such whaling is “unlawful.”
IFAW (International Fund for Animal Welfare – www.ifaw.org), which commissioned the independent panel’s review, says the report solidifies the case against Japan’s whaling program.
“The findings of these independent legal experts are clear – Japan’s so-called ‘scientific’ whaling is unlawful,” said Dr. Joth Singh, IFAW Director of Wildlife and Habitat Protection. “The global community needs to hold Japan accountable for its disregard of international law, and IWC member nations may want to carefully consider their reputations before voting with Japan – as a vote for ‘scientific’ whaling is a vote for an unlawful activity.”