Defying international condemnation, a Tokyo-backed program has recently completed its massive hunt in the Antarctic ocean, killing over 300 minke whales.
The whaling fleet composed of five
Japanese ships docked back to Shimonoseki port on Friday after
completing the annual slaughter which began in November, The Guardian reports.
The initiative, which has been met
with a global opposition headed by Australia and New Zealand, again
defied the worldwide moratorium on whale hunting imposed by the
International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 1986. Japan is a signatory to
According to Japan’s Fisheries Agency, the slaughter of whales was “research for the purpose of studying the ecological system in the Antarctic Sea.” However,
the International Court of Justice (IJC) and environmental groups have
accused the organization for killing whales for their meat.
The IJC ruled back in 2014 that the
hunt was a commercial venture in the guise of a scientific one and
ordered Japan to stop it. Following
the order, the hunt took a one-year hiatus in 2015, before commencing
again last year, yielding 333 minke whale kills.
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