Dutch whalers near Spitsbergen, 1690

The UN’s International Court ordered Japan to stop whaling in the Southern Ocean after a four-year-long battle.   Image © wikimedia

Japan had claimed that the whaling was undertaken for ‘scientific’ purposes, but the UN, after looking at the amount of whales killed, ruled against that claim.  Japan has said that it would comply with the ruling, although they disagreed with it.

whale being hauled into a Japanese vessel

Harpooned whale. A whale being hauled into a Japanese vessel. NTDTV / YouTube

You can read more about the ruling at Popular Science.

And for an essay on the controversy about keeping Killer Whales in captivity, you can see ‘On Blackfish.’