Rudd resurrects plan to take Japan to international court over whaling

Lenore Taylor, 1/5/10

The government has decided to press ahead with legal action in the International Court of Justice to stop Japan’s ”scientific” whale hunt. Federal cabinet discussed the issue in Sydney on Thursday, a day after the Environment Protection Minister, Peter Garrett, rejected a ”compromise deal” from the International Whaling Commission to set long-term whale-kill quotas for Japan, Norway and Iceland and proposed instead a five-year phase-out plan for whaling in the Southern Ocean. Sources said the government decided to make good on its election promise in 2007 to take Japan to court.