New Zealand, Australia Sue to Stop Japanese Whaling

Minke Whale

New Zealand has joined Australia in a lawsuit against Japan to stop scientific whaling in the Southern Ocean.

New Zealand announced last week that they would join Australia’s lawsuit in the International Court of Justice. The suit will argue that the hunt is unnecessary for scientific purposes, i.e., there are nonfatal ways to study whales and gain the same information the Japanese whaling ships are recording. Australia began the lawsuit in December 2010.


New Zealand’s foreign minister Murray McCully said he was disappointed that diplomatic initiatives to stop Japanese whaling had failed.

Whale watching is a popular activity for tourists in the Southern Ocean.

After South Korea announced they would begin whaling earlier this year, international pressure succeeded in pushing South Korea to reconsider.

Minke whale leaps from the water photo via Shutterstock

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