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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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Steve Irwin Will Chase Japanese Whalers

Posted by feww on December 21, 2008

Paul Watson, founder of Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said today their organization’s ship, Steve Irwin, would continue pursuing the whalers once the weather improved.

“They are on the run but right now it is very bad weather,” he told reporters by phone from the Steve Irwin, noting that the Japanese fleet had started very early in the whaling season.

“That means we are going to cut into their profits. When they are running they are not killing whales.”

Japanese whalers plan to kill about 900 whales in this years Antarctic hunt.  Although Japan officially stopped whaling under a 1986 global moratorium, the whalers have been catching hundreds of whales each year, which Tokyo says is “for scientific research purposes.” However, most of the meat is sold openly at Japanese supermarkets.

Watson said Sea Shepherd had spotted the Japanese fleet, which he believed had already killed some whales.  They called off an attempt Friday to attack the harpoon ship Yushin Maru 2  about five kilometers from the ship because of dense fog and icy seas. (Source)

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