Japan Just Murdered 333 Whales In An Antarctic Hunt. A Monstrous Act!

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According to the Japanese government, Japanese whalers have, after an Antarctic hunt, killed more than 300 mammals. Despite protests led by Australia and New Zealand, it is being reported that they slaughtered around 333 minke whales including 200 pregnant females. The Japanese Fisheries Agency, on Thursday, announced that the target number of kills they had set for “scientific research” purposes had been achieved.

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According to the Japanese government, Japanese whalers have, after an Antarctic hunt, killed more than 300 mammals. Despite protests led by Australia and New Zealand, it is being reported that they slaughtered around 333 minke whales including 200 pregnant females. The Japanese Fisheries Agency, on Thursday, announced that the target number of kills they had set for “scientific research” purposes had been achieved.

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This devastating news has come after a year-long hunting hiatus that followed after a ruling by the United Nation’s International Court of Justice (ICJ), which said that the hunt of the harmless animals was a commercial venture masquerading as science. As per the International Whaling Commission, of which Japan is a signatory, there has been a moratorium on hunting whales since 1986. But Japan carries on their heinous acts, taking advantage of a loophole that allows the hunting for scientific research.

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It might come across more like a sadistic joke, but Tokyo claims that the whale population is large enough to sustain a return to commercial hunting, and to prove the same they have to kill the mammals to conduct research properly.

It is, however, not a secret that whale meat eventually ends up on fancy dinner tables and served in school lunches.

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The hunt was bigger than it has been in recent years when the missions have been confronted by campaigns done on the ocean by an environmentalist group, Sea Shepherd. In 2013-14 251 minke whales were caught, 103 the season before.

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Apart from the mass slaughter, the fisheries agency also said it conducted non-lethal research like taking skin samples and attaching GPS devices to study their migration routes. “It is completely unacceptable for the Japanese government to ignore the ICJ’s findings and furthermore, completely unnecessary to go ahead with lethal research,” said Greenpeace Japan executive director Junichi Sato.

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Japan has relied on hunted whales for centuries now. Their meat was a major source of protein post World War II when the country was very poor. But it’s consumption has gone down over the years with the majority of the population saying they either “never” or “rarely” eat whale meat.

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But some experts believe that their refusal to go on Antarctic missions despite being criticised by the international court boils down to the power that a small group of politicians hold over the country.

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