Politicians from fishing ports around Japan to stay in office further ensures Japan’s fisherman and whalers take their catch of Minke whales, despite the fact that Japanese don’t have an appetite for whale meat. In the overall scheme of providing food for the Japanese people, what possible margin of benefit could come from killing 333 small Minke whales other than to keep Japanese fisherman employed? The simple answer is there isn’t any margin of difference, so why not just leave the whales in the ocean? Go back home and raise a garden or something. It’s like the Japanese giving the middle finger to the rest of the world saying “f–k off“, we’re going to continue to hunt whales despite what everyone else thinks. Alright, so after a short moratorium the Japanese whaling ships are back in the Antarctic taking their booty of whale meat under “scientific research”, so it takes 300-400 whales every year for research? The ocean is already seriously compromised on the northwest coast of the US from radioactive contamination from Fukushima, how much more pillaging will it take?
Source: National Geographic
Japan Kills 200 Pregnant Minke Whales
Flouting an international ruling, Japan resumed minke whaling for ‘scientific purposes’ during breeding season.
Photograph by Kyodo/AP
By Rachael Bale
PUBLISHED March 25, 2016
Japan has killed 333 minke whales—including more than 200 pregnant females—as part of this year’s Antarctic whale hunt, according to the country’s Institute for Cetacean Research.
On Wednesday, four ships returned from their 115-day expedition to conduct “scientific” whaling activities. The hunt was in blatant disregard of the International Court of Justice’s 2014 ruling that challenged the scientific legitimacy of the program.
The International Whaling Commission, which regulates the industry, has banned commercial whaling since 1986, but an exemption for scientific studies remains. Japan has long been accused of using this exemption as cover for commercial whaling activities.
As marine mammal biologist Leah Gerber told National Geographic in 2014:
Once a Japanese ship lands a whale, there is some semblance of scientific activity, including collecting organs for use in research, Gerber said. But the bulk of the whale goes to market, she said, where it’s sold for consumption.
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