Japan Kills Hundreds of Minke Whales
Posted by feww on March 24, 2016
Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt with hundreds of slaughtered whales
Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday after harpooning 333 minke whales in its annual Antarctic massacre, despite worldwide opposition.
Some 230 of the catch were females, with 90 percent of the mature females pregnant, according to reports.
“The number of pregnant females is consistent with previous hunts, indicating that the breeding situation of minke whales in the Antarctic is healthy,” Japan’s Fisheries Agency said in a statement.
The 2015/16 hunt followed a brief hiatus prompted by the United Nations’ International Court of Justice ruling, which described the annual hunt as “a commercial venture masquerading as science,” said reports.