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Japan Whaling Stopped after UN Court Decision

By Fredrica Syren: 


The United Nation International Court in Hague ruled that it’s illegal for Japan to hunt for whales in Antarctica, and revoked its whaling licenses. Japan will not be granted any further permits. Critics of Japan’s whaling practices, Australia and New Zealand, applauded the UN court’s ruling. But they also caution that Japan may continue its controversial Antarctica whaling for “scientific” reasons.

Japan already has been known to use legal loopholes. During a 1986 whaling ban, they pointed to the founding treaty of the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which allowed whaling for “scientific research.” In the name of this treaty, they continued to kill whales. According to them, the kills were for gathering scientific data. It’s never been a secret that Japan hunts and sells both whale and dolphin meat as food for humans, and has been widely criticized for it. However, after the UN court’s ruling, Japan announced – for the first time in more than a quarter of a century – the cancellation of this year’s hunt. Around 2,000 whales are being killed annually by Japan, Iceland and Norway. In 2013, Japan killed 103 minke whales, and during the previous season it killed 445 whales in total.

For sure, all eyes are now on Japan to respect the UN court’s decision.

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Fredrica Syren, the author and founder of Green-Mom.com, was born in Sweden. Her mother was a classically trained chef who introduced her to many eclectic flavors and skills at a young age. Her mom’s passion for the outdoors and gardening planted the seed for her own love of nature and healthy eating. She received a degree in journalism and has worked as a print, Internet and broadcasting journalist for many years with big businesses within Europe and the United States. After her mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer and she with pre-cancer, Fredrica changed her career to become a full time yoga teacher and activist. A longtime world traveler, foodie and career woman, she was exposed to many facets of life, but nothing inspired her more than becoming a mom. After her first-born, Fredrica began a food blog focusing on local, seasonal, organic & vegetarian dishes. Years of food blogging developed into the cookbook Yummy in My Tummy, Healthy Cooking for the Whole Family. Upon the arrival of her second child, Fredrica founded Green-Mom.com. Her vision was to establish a site providing insight about gardening, home and personal care, baby & child, and of course food & nutrition. Green-Mom.com hosts many talented writers shedding light on ways to incorporate eco-friendly and nutritious practices for busy families. She is an advocate for organic, local and sustainable businesses. Fredrica hopes to inspire social change through her lifestyle, passion and business. Fredrica lives with her husband James Harker-Syren and their three children in San Diego, CA.

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