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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.

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3 Responses to “Japan’s Whaling Sickness Reemerges”

  1. Brooke said

    Evey beautiful pregnant whale is worth at least 10,000 ugly pregnant Japanese women.
    Nature will address the large deficit.

  2. Peter T. [Auck, NZ] said

    Japan slaughters more than 120 pregnant whales for ‘research’
    More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean, new documents show, reigniting calls to step up efforts to stop the annual killing spree.

    A further 114 immature whales were killed as part of the so-called “scientific” whaling programme, according to meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission’s scientific committee meeting this month.

  3. Bill McBride said

    It’s not about whales. It’s about wars.
    William Congreve: Hell hath no fury like women scorned [or little men with small hearts and tiny other parts who’ve lost wars.]”

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