Australia Seeks to End Japan’s Whaling “Research”

Australia is taking Japan to the International Court of Justice in an effort to end the nation’s whaling in the Southern Hemisphere. Peter Garrett, Australia’s Environment Minister, says:

We want to see an end to whales being killed in the name of science in the Southern Ocean.

On a related matter, yesterday the Sea Shepherd’s Peter Bethune pled guilty to trespassing and destruction of property, in connection with his sneaking aboard a Japanese whaling vessel last February. Though Bethune is now facing fifteen years prison, it sounds as if the plea must be part of a deal for a greatly reduced sentence. Japan must surely know it stands to gain nothing politically by locking up Bethune. Link.