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Japan whaling: Commercial hunts to resume despite outcry

Japan whaling: Commercial hunts to resume despite outcry

Science
Japan is about to resume catching whales for profit, in defiance of international criticism. Its last commercial hunt was in 1986, but Japan has never really stopped whaling - it has been conducting instead what it says are research missions which catch hundreds of whales annually. But Japan has now withdrawn from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which banned hunting, and will send out its first whaling fleet this July. Isn't whaling banned?Whales were brought to the brink of extinction by hunting in the 19th and early 20th Century. By the 1960s, more efficient catch methods and giant factory ships made it obvious that whale hunting could not go unchecked.So in 1986, all IWC members agreed to a hunting moratorium to allow whale numbers to reco...
Japan will resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Japan will resume commercial whaling, but not in Antarctic

Technology
Japan announced Wednesday that it is leaving the International Whaling Commission to resume commercial hunts for the animals for the first time in 30 years, but said it would no longer go to the Antarctic for its much-criticized annual killings. Japan switched to what it calls research whaling after the IWC imposed a moratorium on commercial whaling in the 1980s, and now says stocks have recovered enough to resume commercial hunts. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said Japan would resume commercial whaling in July "in line with Japan's basic policy of promoting sustainable use of aquatic living resources based on scientific evidence." He added that Japan is disappointed that the IWC — which he said is dominated by conservationists — focuses on the protection of whale st...
Japan whale hunting: Commercial whaling to restart in July

Japan whale hunting: Commercial whaling to restart in July

World
Japan says it is to restart commercial whaling in July in a move that is likely to draw international criticism.It said it would withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body tasked with whale conservation.Commercial whaling was banned by the IWC in 1986 after some species were driven almost to extinction.Officials in Japan, an IWC member since 1951, say eating whales is part of the country's culture.For many years Japan has hunted whales for what it calls "scientific research" and to sell the meat, a programme widely criticised by conservationists.Wednesday's announcement had been expected, but conservation groups warn the move will have serious consequences.It means Japan will be able to freely hunt species...
Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Japan says it's time to allow sustainable whaling

Science
Few conservation issues generate as emotional a response as whaling. Are we now about to see countries killing whales for profit again?Commercial whaling has been effectively banned for more than 30 years, after some whales were driven almost to extinction.But the International Whaling Committee (IWC) is currently meeting in Brazil and next week will give its verdict on a proposal from Japan to end the ban.Don't the Japanese already kill whales?Yes, they do - but it's complicated. IWC members agreed to a moratorium on hunting in 1986, to allow whale stocks to recover. Pro-whaling nations expected the moratorium to be temporary, until consensus could be reached on sustainable catch quotas. ...