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Montevideo, April 21st 2018 - 02:02 UTC

Japan admits catching 333 minke whales with no interference from protestors

Monday, April 2nd 2018 - 09:08 UTC
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Three of the vessels, including the mother ship, the Nisshin Maru, arrived at the port of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the morning, a port official said. Three of the vessels, including the mother ship, the Nisshin Maru, arrived at the port of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the morning, a port official said.

Japan’s whaling fleet returned on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without interference from anti-whaling protests, officials said.

Japan’s whaling fleet returned on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without interference from anti-whaling protests, officials said.
The fleet of five whalers set sail for the Southern Ocean in November in line with Tokyo’s continued pursuit of “research whaling” in defiance of global criticism.

Three of the vessels, including the mother ship, the Nisshin Maru, arrived at the port of Shimonoseki in Yamaguchi Prefecture in the morning, a port official said.

The fleet caught 333 minke whales as planned without interference from anti-whaling campaigners, the Fisheries Agency said in a statement.

The whalers have been clashing with animal rights activists, particularly the aggressive Sea Shepherd, at sea for the past several years. But last year, Sea Shepherd announced it did not plan to carry out the maritime protests this season.

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

Tokyo says the slaughter is necessary to get in-depth knowledge of whale behavior and biology, but it makes no secret of the fact that whales killed in the hunts often end up on Japan’s dinner plate.

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  • Capt Rockhopper

    So this is for research? Do they not know what a Minke looks like these days? Why do they need 333 dead ones? Why does the world allow this to go on under the guise of research?

    Apr 03rd, 2018 - 02:11 am +1
  • DonMateo

    They should swing by Venezuela and sell some meat. Right now most of the people there would eat just about anything, including each other.

    Apr 02nd, 2018 - 09:23 am 0
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