CANBERRA, Australia - Australia announced Friday it will take Japan to
the International Court of Justice to argue that its annual Antarctic whale
kill violates international obligations, in a major escalation of its
campaign against the hunt.
The decision to take legal action against
Australia's important trading partner underlines the government's
"commitment to bring to an end Japan's program of so-called scientific
whaling" in the southern seas, Environment Minister Peter Garrett and
Attorney-General Robert McClelland said in a joint statement.
gets around an international ban on commercial whaling by arguing that
it harpoons hundreds of whales each year for scientific research....