Japan ready to start commercial whaling again in 2019
Japan says they are prepared to resume commercial whaling in 2019 after it has been banned in Japan for more than 30 years.
Japan has said it will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission, the governing body created to help with the conservation of whales, as they say eating whales is part of Japanese culture.
Japan had continued to hunt whales in the last three decades, for scientific studies, but also for meat.
A report says that between 200 and 1,200 whales are captured by the country’s whalers each year to “investigate population levels to see if the whales are endangered or not,” yet they accuse Japan of using this as cover for commercial whaling.
Japan has accused the IWC of losing its original objective and wants it to recommit to the objective of supporting sustainable commercial whaling, not just conserving the number of whales.
In a statement, a government spokesman, Yoshihide Suga, said commercial hunting would be restricted to Japanese territorial waters and economic zones.
This means they will not be able to hunt whales in Antarctica.
Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne and Environment Minister Melissa Price said they were “extremely disappointed” with Japan’s regrettable decisions.
Humane Society International’s campaign director in Australia said Japan would be “operating completely outside the bounds of international law.
She also said, “This is the way of a pirate whaling nation.
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