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International law took a step forward as the fraud of claiming "research" motives for whaling was put aside by the International Court of Justice at the Hague.

A "deeply disappointed" Tokyo said earlier this week it would honour Monday's judgement by the international court of justice (ICJ) in The Hague, but did not exclude the possibility of future whaling programs.

On Thursday, officials said the next Antarctic hunt, which would have started later this year, had been scrapped, just weeks after the most recent one finished.

"We have decided to cancel research whaling [in the Antarctic] for the fiscal year starting in April because of the recent ruling," a fisheries agency official told AFP.

Japan confirms cancellation of whale hunt in response to court ruling -- in The Guardian

The Whales Have Won! — ICJ Rules Japan’s Southern Ocean Whaling ‘Not For Scientific Research’

Sea Shepherd Applauds the World Court for Protecting the Whales of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary

In a stunning victory for the whales, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague announced their binding decision today in the landmark case of Australia v. Japan, ruling that Japan’s JARPA II whaling program in the Antarctic is not for scientific purposes and ordering that all permits given under JARPA II be revoked.

There was speculation at DKOS on Monday of this week that Japan would ignore ICJ. In fact the Japanese government had agreed to comply when they submitted to ICJ jurisdiction for the trial and presented their side of the case.

Prior ICJ cases have settled any number of border disputes in South and Central America. Same for commercial disputes in Europe and Asia. There's more to this case... below the orange muffin:

Whales are not protected for areas away from Australia and New Zealand. And yes, I saved the bad news for BTF.

On Wednesday, Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe said his government would abide by the court ruling, but added that the ruling was "a pity and I am deeply disappointed".

He's lying. Gawd is he lying. It's beautiful. Done perfectly.

This whaling problem put Japan on front pages everywhere for the all-out on-going war with Sea Shepherd. There's no way that could go on without people being killed. They've been at the point of ramming each other. I'm not going to link to combat -- not my favorite activity -- but you all know how to do google/youtube.

ICJ gave Abe the out he needed to end the worst of the whaling war. I admire his political acumen. Think of all the whales this man has saved with one simple stratagem.

Now this maritime war will shift to the Northern Pacific. That's a bit tougher for the Sea Shepherd side for logistics. But do expect to see new battles in 2015.

Sea Shepherd vikings vs. Japanese whalers. A certain conflict unless PM Shinzo Abe can find a way to stop the whole of his nation's offshore whaling enterprise.

Here's the earlier diary:

International Court of Justice Bans Japanese Whaling

It's just one part of Japanese whaling that lost its licenses. But that's a very good diary, particularly getting to background, a link to the judgement, and other detail. Japan had not yet responded.

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  •  I frankly dont get Japanese culture (2+ / 0-)
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    on this issue and others. Like their repeatedly giving the finger to their close neighbor S Korea over easily finessed issues, not to mention the big kid farther down the block, China. Extremely xenophobic since forever on the one hand, yet unable to go it alone in the 21st century on defense or, well, anything else given their shrinking working age pop.

    •  Most mainstream Japanese are with you (5+ / 0-)

      on this. They stopped buying/eating whale meat decades ago.

      The strangest part of Japanese social arrangements is the failure of companies to offer on-site/comvenient child care for preschoolers. In effect, they think that they are delaying childbearing. But what really happens is that the married women have fewer children and when they have little kids they are forced to leave the labor force -- losing prime years.

      It's a bit crazy.

      Everybody knows it's crazy. It's killing the country. Nothing happens because it's a women's issue.

      Japanese males manage by consensus.... with other Japanese males of their own age group.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:26:51 AM PDT

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  •  Like that Seinfeld episode where everthing (1+ / 0-)
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    evened out, the same dynamic is at play here.

    Sure, the Japanese might not be killing whales this way, but they are by a different mechanisms (i.e., Fukushima radiation, which I read right here at DailyKos was killing all the whales, except the ones with the wherewithal to pack everything up and move to California).

    •  Sorry... Fukushima's killing California (3+ / 0-)

      with earthquakes.

      I read it on the Internet.

      "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

      by waterstreet2013 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 04:53:49 AM PDT

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    •  Japanese will continue to kill whales (2+ / 0-)

      just not in the Antarctic whale sanctuary.  they'll continue killing whales in the north Pacific.

      They'll also continue their annual dolphin slaughters and captivity program in Taiji.  

      This was a victory but a small one.  Still alot of work to do.  Iceland and Denmark also continue hunting and killing whales so they can sell to Japan.  

      As for Fukushima, it's a bit simplistic to say the radiation is killing whales, but there is no doubt it's harming the ocean and smaller fish down the food chain are showing up with very elevated levels of radiation.  That will have an impact up and down the food chain and will impact whales as well.  

      This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

      by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:59:40 AM PDT

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      •  Sea Shepherd is going to need more support (1+ / 0-)
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        to carry the fight north.

        Send money.

        As to radiation: oceanic radiation levels are very near zero anyway so it's easy to misread the tiny effects of the tsunami (runoff of old weapons tests materials and the cooling system breakups at Fukushima) as important changes. They're not.

        And none of this is killing smaller organisms. You're talking changes at less than one part per billion once you get past the immediate offshore area that was contaminated with weapons test runoff -- including areas not near the power plant.

        Ordinary volcanic rocks present much higher radiation background levels than sea water, before or after Fukushima. And if you want to experience heightened radiation, climb a local hill. Going up in the atmosphere changes your dosage immediately. Same for flying in an airliner.

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 06:17:51 AM PDT

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        •  in general, small organisms are very resistant to (0+ / 0-)

          radiation. Radiation does its damage by colliding with atoms in the molecules inside the cells (particularly the DNA). Statistically, since atoms are so far apart from each other, a radiation particle has to travel a particular average distance before it hits one. In a large animal, such as a human, it's very likely that the radiation will hit an atom on its way through the body. But in small organisms, such as plankton, it is more likely that the radiation will simply pass right through without hitting anything, and will cause no damage at all.

          It is by the way a myth that cockroaches tolerate radiation extraordinarily well---they are no more resistant than any other small insect is, and for the same reasons given above.

          In the end, reality always wins.

          by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:16:07 AM PDT

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          •  At less than 1 part per billion increase (0+ / 0-)

            to radiation, who cares?

            A good healthy solar flare gives us more.

            "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

            by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 04:21:02 AM PDT

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            •  true. the measured rates of radiation across the (0+ / 0-)

              Pacific have been very low. The Pacific Ocean is big, and it dilutes stuff pretty quickly.

              Whatever real danger there is would come from eating fish from the area around the leak that have themselves ingested the particles. Radiation is far more dangerous inside the body (when inhaled or digested) than it is outside. But even there, the measured rates of cesium don't appear to be very high. Most of the radiation leaks seem to be in the form of short-lived isotopes that have now already pretty much decayed.

              If parts of the actual core material itself had gotten out of the containment building, though, as it did at Chernobyl, that would be very very very bad . . . . . .  ..

              In the end, reality always wins.

              by Lenny Flank on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 06:52:22 AM PDT

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        •  Not just money (1+ / 0-)
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          Sea Shepherd is looking for volunteers and donations to go to the Faroe Islands which are a small chain of islands north west of the UK belonging to Denmark.  Every year they have hunts called the Grind where they drive pods of pilot whales onto the shore and kill them in broad daylight.  I'd go myself but I would need about $3,000-$4,000 for the trip (my estimate of costs based on airfare, R&B, gas etc,).  Being its all volunteers, all the funds come directly out of our pocket and from donations.  It's a big investment on our part and many of us cannot afford the time and money needed so we help others who can.  I have a few friends who already applied and are planning on being part of that campaign.  They set up GoFundMe sites.  

          Also if anyone is interested they could always donate directly to Sea Shepherd or become a Direct Action Crew member where they donate monthly.  That can all be done at the website.

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:57:26 AM PDT

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        •  Sorry defiantly not.... (0+ / 0-)

          ...if I had any amount of money the last group I would send it to are those criminal pirates.  This issue was solved in the courts like it should have done in the first place.

          I detest Japanese whaling and whaling in general but those sensalationist reality TV hacks endangered thier lives and the lives of many others in thier antics.

          That thier 'leader' skipped bail and is an international fugitive is all the proof of thier I'll will.

          And before you even say it. No he is not at all like Edward Snowden.  The issue of whaling was freely debateable and adjudicated in court unlike the actions of our government.

          We Glory in war, in the shedding of human blood. What fools we are.

          by delver rootnose on Sat Apr 05, 2014 at 01:59:00 PM PDT

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      •  Sea Shepherd is going to need more support (0+ / 0-)

        to carry the fight north.

        Send money.

        As to radiation: oceanic radiation levels are very near zero anyway so it's easy to misread the tiny effects of the tsunami (runoff of old weapons tests materials and the cooling system breakups at Fukushima) as important changes. They're not.

        And none of this is killing smaller organisms. You're talking changes at less than one part per billion once you get past the immediate offshore area that was contaminated with weapons test runoff -- including areas not near the power plant.

        Ordinary volcanic rocks present much higher radiation background levels than sea water, before or after Fukushima. And if you want to experience heightened radiation, climb a local hill. Going up in the atmosphere changes your dosage immediately. Same for flying in an airliner.

        "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

        by waterstreet2013 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 06:20:02 AM PDT

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      •  yes, radiactivity may bioaccumulate in the food (0+ / 0-)

        chain, and stay there for quite a time. But in the interests of scientific accuracy, people who claim the whales are "fleeing to California because of the radiation", are simply wrong. I've found that most people alas don't even KNOW that the whales migrate every year off the coast of California, and this year is no different than any other year for the past few million years (actually it is different in one way--there seem to be lots more whales over the past few years, a good indication that conservation is working and the whales are beginning to recover). And the simple fact is that mammals can't sense radiation, so the whales have no way of even knowing that there's radiation in the water, unless they are carrying Geiger counters with them.

        I've been anti-nuke since the 70's (I lived near Three Mile Island in 1979). It saddens me to see some folks let their ideology run away with their brains by making arguments like that which are simply untrue, factually incorrect, wrong. It only hands our opponents a club with which to beat us over the head, and makes all environmentalists look like scientific illiterates.  That's why I try to correct such arguments whenever they appear. They don't help us. They only hurt us.

        Anyway, here's hoping that whaling is indeed banned everywhere, by anyone. :)

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 09:10:43 AM PDT

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        •  Oh I dont know about that (1+ / 0-)
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          But in the interests of scientific accuracy, people who claim the whales are "fleeing to California because of the radiation", are simply wrong.
          I don't know why anyone would suggest that being they do migrate over vast distances.  

          I was just commenting on the fact the Fukushima will have an effect  though.  We just don't know how bad.  There was even speculation that because the radiation was killing off many of the smaller fish in the Pacific that the sea lions who normally feed on those fish were starving.  Its possible being that there were many dead fish washing ashore in SE Asia and there were many sea lions washing up in CA emaciated last year.  I don't know if the two are necessarily connected though.  Its something that needs further scrutiny but I think its pretty safe to say that radiation is getting in the food chain being fish has been tested for elevated levels of cesium.    

          This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

          by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:45:20 AM PDT

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          •  alas, that argument seems to come up in every (0+ / 0-)
            I don't know why anyone would suggest that being they do migrate over vast distances.  
            Fukushima diary that gets posted here.  It soon becomes apparent that most people simply don't know that the whales migrate by California every year.

            Someone usually smacks it down, but it always keeps popping back up.

            Someone once said that pseudoscience arguments are like orcs--they're easy to kill, but they just keep coming back . . . .

            ;)

            In the end, reality always wins.

            by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 11:56:19 AM PDT

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          •  the sea lion crash seems to be climate-related: (1+ / 0-)
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            Colder water in the Pacific beside California may be why we're seeing more giant squid and kinds of whales — the annual gray whale migration toward Baja California is booming this year, by the way — but it may also be part of the cascading causes of an alarming crash in the numbers of sardines. The lack of oily sardines may be behind the 1,600 or so malnourished young sea lions found along the the coast last year — the mothers may have been forced to eat less-fatty prey and thus could not produce as much or as nutritious milk. Brown pelicans on the Channel Islands are also showing signs of hunger that some scientists think is related to the sardines.

            http://www.laobserved.com/...

            In the end, reality always wins.

            by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:01:40 PM PDT

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            •  Either way (0+ / 0-)

              we're fucking up our oceans.  There were some reports last year that the sardines had elevated levels of cesium.  Not sure if that's what caused the die off or the change in water temps.  If it isn't the nuclear radiation it's the pollution that's being dumped into our water and air which is causing our climate to change.  

              This is your world These are your people You can live for yourself today Or help build tomorrow for everyone -8.75, -8.00

              by DisNoir36 on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 12:40:37 PM PDT

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              •  heck, we're fucking up the entire planet (0+ / 0-)

                We're already causing the biggest mass extinction since the Cretaceous, virtually all our "wild" areas are gone and the tiny remnants are completely "managed".

                I'm beginning to think that "intelligence" is just an evolutionary failure, and that Mother Nature will wipe the slate clean and start all over again.

                In the end, reality always wins.

                by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 01:34:52 PM PDT

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              •  There a bunch of no-footnote internet (0+ / 0-)

                articles claiming that Pacific seafood of various types have suddenly developed high levels of cesium.

                But nothing with a tag to the radiation monitor system so you can read the report.

                Early on, right after the 3/11 tsunami, we had dozens of elevated radiation events connected to seafood offshore from Japan. Real events, well documented. Those catches were dumped.

                These recent internet fantasies ??? Not so solid.

                "Stealing kids' lunch money makes them strong and independent." -- Rand Ryan-Paul von Koch

                by waterstreet2013 on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 04:28:28 AM PDT

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      •  And Canada will continue to slaughter seals (2+ / 0-)
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        for the Chinese market since the European market is opposed to the hunt.

        To thine ownself be true

        by Agathena on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 10:46:01 AM PDT

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      •  And the US and Canada. (0+ / 0-)

        Both also kill whales. It's not like whales are any less dead because it's natives doing it, and given that the "whaling nations" do it because of tradition, giving natives an excuse to do it because of tradition turns countries like the US into total hypocrites when they condemn other nations for allowing whaling.

        Also, I think most people's image of native whaling is way off. Nowadays, most chase them down in speedboats and drag them onto shore with excavators and bulldozers.

        The day I'll consider justice blind is the day that a rape defendant's claim of "She consented to the sex" is treated by the same legal standards as a robbery defendant's claim of "He consented to give me the money": as an affirmative defense.

        by Rei on Fri Apr 04, 2014 at 03:28:43 AM PDT

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  •  Japan's "research" excuse was always BS (4+ / 0-)

    I'm glad they finally got called out for it.

    Way back when, I worked for Greenpeace and knew some of the folks in Sea Shepherds.  They're celebrating now, no doubt.  Congrats.  :)

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:33:16 AM PDT

  •  a couple of photos to celebrate--whales off the (6+ / 0-)

    California coast, during this year's annual migration:

    DSCN7147

    DSCN7156

    They are amazingly stunning creatures.

    In the end, reality always wins.

    by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 03, 2014 at 05:36:54 AM PDT

  •  Any reported peer-reviewed studys (1+ / 0-)
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    derived from decades of this "research"?

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