Source: ABC News
Japan has stated that it plans to resume whale hunts in the Antarctic later in the year. This is despite the fact that the International Whaling Commission (IWC) says it is not satisfied that the country has proven that the animals need to be killed for research purposes.
In a June 19 report, the IWC's Scientific Committee failed to establish that Japan’s whale hunt was necessary for management and conservation, a similar conclusion that was reached after Japan submitted a revised Antarctic whaling plan back in April. The revision was an attempt to submit an acceptable plan following last year’s ruling by the International Court of Justice concluding that Japan's hunts were not scientific.
Japan’s representative to the IWC, Joji Morishita, told reporters, “We have not changed any policies and our goal.” Japanese officials say they will submit more data to support their argument, adding that Japan’s winter whaling season in the Antarctic will go ahead as planned.
Japan has continued killing whales under the guise of “research” despite an IWC ban on commercial whaling since 1986. Tokyo’s revised proposal lays out plans to catch 333 minke whales per year between 2015 and 2027, which is one-third of what it once targeted.
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