Japan’s Whaling Sickness Reemerges
Posted by feww on April 9, 2016
Japan starts new whaling round
Japanese whalers have started an eight-week whaling expedition to massacre more than four dozen minke whales in coastal waters off the northeast of the country despite ICJ Ruling and long-standing international objection, AAP reported.
A fleet of four whaling ships left Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki city, about 340km northeast of Tokyo, the report said.
The Association for Community-Based Whaling, a nonprofit group for what they call coastal research whaling, plans to hunt in an 80km radius from the port.
In March 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s research whaling program in the Antarctic contravened a 1986 moratorium on whale hunting.
The ruling led Japan to suspend whaling in the Antarctic in the 2014 season. But it resumed the operation in December and caught 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean during a two-month hunt. [AAP]
In 1987, Japan officially halted commercial whaling in accordance to the previous year’s moratorium. However, the country has since used a loophole to continue whaling under the guise of scientific research despite ICJ Ruling, and international objection.
- Japan Kills Hundreds of Minke Whales March 24, 2016
- EcoTerrorists to Resume Whaling Soon Despite ICJ Ruling November 29, 2015
- Japan Whaling ‘Not Scientific’ —ICJ March 31, 2014