Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

March 31, 2018
Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission moratorium on hunting, but exploits a loophole that allows whales to be killed for scientific research

Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said.

A fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November, as Tokyo pursues its "research whaling" in defiance of global criticism.

Three of the vessels, including the fleet's main ship, the Nisshin Maru, arrived in the morning at Shimonoseki port in western Japan, a port official said.

The fleet caught 333 as planned without any interruption by anti-whaling campaigners, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement.

Japanese whalers have in the past clashed at sea with , particularly the Sea Shepherd activist group, which last year announced it had no plan to make offshore protests this season.

Japan is a signatory to the International Whaling Commission moratorium on hunting, but exploits a loophole that allows whales to be killed for scientific research.

Tokyo says the slaughter is necessary for in-depth knowledge of whale behaviour and biology, but it makes no secret of the fact that whales killed in the hunts often end up on dinner plates.

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Steve_S2
5 / 5 (1) Mar 31, 2018
I really wish these guys would get torpedoed or hit some of their old Sea Mines from WW2.
StudentofSpiritualTeaching
4.5 / 5 (2) Mar 31, 2018
Why do nations not vote for closing the loophole? Time to ask our govs. And why does nobody investigate trade with and serving of wale meat?
Jonseer
1 / 5 (1) Mar 31, 2018
Why is it only Japan ever gets noticed for killing whales?

Norway kills more whales than Japan does, and has done so every year for 2 decades, yet nary a word is heard about the Norwegian whale slaughter.

Why does the Western media seem only obsessed with Japan's industry, but utterly blind and forgiving of Norway's, especially considering the excuse that both nations use which is they kill what's necessary.

If that were true, how come Norway with about 5+million people needs to kill about 20% more whales than Japan with 127+million people.

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