U.N. Court: Japan's Antarctic Whale Hunts Illegal
The ICJ is the United Nations' highest court for disputes involving member states. Australia filed a complaint against Japan in 2010.
Monday's ruling said that Japan failed to adequately demonstate its claim that the whaling operations in the Antarctic are for "scientific purposes."
Japan kills an estimated 1,000 minke whales in the annual hunts. Japan has claimed that its whaling operations in the Southern Ocean are for scientific purposes and a historical cultural tradition.
In Monday's ruling, the ICJ ordered Japan to cease its whale hunts "with immediate effect."
Read the ICJ's decision here.