Regulatory News


On the first expedition to Antarctica after two years of suspension by the Hague Tribunal, Japanese ships returned home in late March with 333 whale carcasses. This is the exact number that Japan has pledged to hunt over the next 12 years, reducing the amount that was usually killed (a number three times greater) before the ban imposed by the International Court of Justice in 2014.

According to the Japanese Fisheries Agency, aquatic mammals were caught for scientific purposes. Many countries, however, accuse Japan of fishing for business purposes, to use the meat from minke whales as food sold in supermarkets.

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