Japan Resumes Whale Hunting Despite International Opposition


Japan plans to resume its whale hunting in the Antarctic region in spite of opposing findings from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which states that Japan failed to justify its whaling argument that there’s a need for them to kill said mammals for scientific research.

Whale-killing was banned by the IWC in 1986, but Japan was able to continue with the activity since according to Japan it was purely for research purposes – a condition that the commission allows.

But, the International Court of Justice has ruled that the 2014 Japanese whale-killing had nothing to do with science.

“We have not changed any policies and our goal,” said Joji Morishita, Japan’s representative to the whaling commission. He assured that Japan will act accordingly to the IWC report, though at the same time he noted the lack of consensus in it.

Based on the country’s revised proposition for the next whaling season, the country intends to capture more than 300 minke whales annually until the year 2027.

“The government of Japan has already announced their plans to resume the killing of whales in 2015/2016, despite condemnation from the highest court in the world, the International Court of Justice,” Sea Shepherd, a member of an anti-whaling organization, announced in a statement.

For three decades, commercial whaling has been banned but Japan gets to market the whale meat it’s able to obtain from allegedly scientific whale-hunting expeditions.

The Japanese expeditions have been condemned by the US, Britain, Australia, and New Zealand who reason that whale-friendly techniques can be equally advantageous for studies.

Anti-whaling organizations state that almost 30 years after the ban was established, more than 30,000 whales had still been killed because of ambiguities in the IWC conditions. Aside from Japan, the IWC has permitted Norway to hunt whales under the country’s so-called objection to the measure. Iceland is also allowed to kill whales because of its departure from IWC and was permitted to re-join but continue its whale-hunting under a reservation excuse.

Most whale species are now endangered.