April 1, 2014
Ecologists won an unprecedented victory yesterday, and so did the whales, when the International Court of Justice ruled in the Hague, the United Nations’ highest court, against Japanese whalers and their relentless killing of whales (disguised as ‘biological research’) in the sanctuary that is meant to be the waters of Antarctica.
On the heels of this important announcement, conservationists and whale lovers around the world are celebrating the unexpected news. Patricia Cori (CEO of Save Earth’s Oceans, Inc.) declared, “It is sometimes very difficult to believe that whales have survived into the 21st century. We are thrilled to hear the news of this decision, which will affect not only the whales but the very ecosystem itself, and we celebrate the organizations that have been vigilant in their fight against the Japanese fleets – that this decision might finally be reached. It is a good day for the whales of the Antarctic,” said Cori, “but we may still not have seen the end to the slaughter from the Japanese fleets.
According to Nanami Kurasawa, a marine conservationist in Tokyo, the decision leaves a loophole for the Japanese to continue the hunt through a new “redesigned” program, which remains to be defined, as well as smaller scale hunts in the North Pacific and by the local fisherman. According to Ms. Cori, “Now more than ever we have to keep the pressure on the UN and the Japanese government, so that this significant step will lead to another, and another still – and then one day to the end of all whaling around the globe.”
Yes, that is what the conservationists of the world are fighting for in their on-going war against the harpoons of whale killers around the world. But in the meantime, this one day, an important battle has been won. And the world is paying attention.
Patricia Cori will be speaking at the SF Public Library and reading from her latest book, THE EMISSARY, on May 13th and again at the Westwood Library, Los Angeles on May 21st. Limited space available. For more information, contact: