The ICJ has concerns that:
…[there was] “no evidence that Japan examined whether it would be feasible to combine a smaller lethal take and an increase in non-lethal sampling”
…[and about] “the open-ended time frame of the programme, its limited scientific output to date, and the lack of co-operation between [the Japanese research program] and other domestic and international research programmes in the Antarctic Ocean.”
J.C. Bouvier of the International Fund for Animal Welfare has saved others [including your author] lots of time by sharing his Storify log:
— J.C. Bouvier (@IFAWMEO) March 31, 2014
In 2010 the former Labor government took the Japanese to the ICJ. Some were quick to remind current Prime Minister Tony Abbott of his party’s opposition to the legal challenge:
— Charlie Pickering (@charliepick) March 31, 2014
The Environment Minister at the time, Midnight Oil rock icon Peter Garrett, was obviously chuffed:
Finally, huge congratulations to environment groups & citizens who campaigned tirelessly to protect these great creatures.
— Peter Garrett (@pgarrett) March 31, 2014
Not everyone trusts that this is the end:
— Axel Bruns (@snurb_dot_info) March 31, 2014
On-shore #SeaShepherd volunteer Mish T “has an extra bounce today” and wasn’t past a selfie to celebrate:
— Mish T (@purplepixl) April 1, 2014
New Zealand had intervened in the case so Greenpeace NZ has much to feel good about. Their image was retweeted hundreds of times.
— Greenpeace NZ (@GreenpeaceNZ) March 31, 2014
There are bound to be people in Australia who are pro-whaling but if so they have been well and truly submerged on social media. It will be interesting to see the reactions in Japan.