Over 120 Pregnant Minke Whales Killed In Japan's Latest Annual Hunt

Factfile on minke whales main target of Japanese hunters

Factfile on minke whales main target of Japanese hunters

The report, which was submitted by Japan's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A), shows that from November 2017 to March 2018, 152 males and 181 females were taken, of which 122 were pregnant. This information was contained in newly published meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting held in Slovenia in May. According to Lorraine Chow of EcoWatch, 122 of the slain whales were pregnant and 114 were immature.

Japan claims the whaling is for scientific research, yet also allows the sale of the whale flesh in markets and restaurants. In this case, the cannons were fitted with 30g penthrite grenades.

The IWC has said that two vessels were fitted with whaling canons, which fire spears at high velocity, and sent out to hunt whales.

"It is outrageous that the killing of whales inside an established whale sanctuary continues, with the bloody and cruel murder of 333 protected minke whales, 122 of them being expecting mothers, Jeff Hansen, managing director of Sea Shepherd Australia, told DW".

In 2014, International Court of Justice ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling program was illegal and ordered it to be brought to an end. The whales are then hauled out of the ocean onto the boat where they are sliced apart for ostensibly research purposes.

The Japanese whaling fleet killed a total of 333 minke whales during its most recent "field survey" to the Antarctic.

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Japan has hunted whales for centuries, and their meat was a key source of protein in the immediate post-World War II years when the country was desperately poor.

This allegedly self-serving attempt to revive the commercial whaling industry in Japan and other instances of Japanese vessels killing whales in protected waters, has led to worldwide condemnation for the atrocious practice.

Alexia Wellbelove, the senior program manager for Humane Society International said that the killings of minke whales is a sad indictment of Japan's whale hunt. However, instead of canceling the program, Japan withdrew its recognition of the court as an arbiter of whaling disputes, and resumed hunting in 2015, The Maritime Executive reported.

"Whales are already facing substantial threats including bycatch in fisheries and marine pollution".

Conservationists are calling on Japan to "put away the harpoons". "We look forward to Australia and other pro-conservation countries sending the strongest possible message to Japan that it should stop its lethal whaling programs", said Wellbelove.

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