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Japan Seeks to Resume Whale Hunting Despite Experts’ Opposition

The government of Japan says it is looking to resume whale hunting in the Antarctic around the end of the year, after the bulk of the country’s whaling was cancelled in 2014.

Japan called off the majority of its whaling for the 2014-15 season after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that its whale hunting in the Antarctic should stop because the country could not prove a need to kill the animals. Japan has long maintained that most whales are not endangered and that eating whale is part of the Japanese food culture.

However, the International Whaling Commission says it is opposed to a new Japanese whaling plan to take 333 whales in the Antarctic, saying that number is too high. “The current proposal does not demonstrate the need for lethal sampling to achieve those objectives,” the IWC wrote in a press release first reported by Reuters.

Japan seeks international backing for a resumption of whale hunting for scientific purposes. - Sputnik International
Japan Seeks International Backing for ‘Scientific’ Whaling Despite UN Ban

On Monday, Japan’s representative to the IWC said the country would provide additional material before the next IWC meeting in May that Tokyo hopes will alleviate any concerns.  Japan has not provided specifics on the material.

Japan started doing what it called “scientific whaling” in 1987, a year after a moratorium on international whaling took effect, and in the face of global opposition.

Japan already conducts whale hunting in the northern Pacific that is not affected by the international court’s decision. 

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