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Cuts in government funds to hit Japanese whale hunt industry

Cuts in government funds to hit Japanese whale hunt industry

Reports in Japan suggest the whaling industry there is facing increasing challenges just a few years after the country withdrew from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the global body that regulates whaling) and resumed hunting whales for commercial profit. Previously, Japan had slaughtered whales under the guise of ‘research’, even though next to nothing…

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Japanese 2021 whale hunt numbers announced

The Japanese government has released quota numbers for its 2021 whale hunting season. The number of whales it has set for slaughter will total 383, which is broken down into 171 minke whales, 187 Bryde’s whales and 25 Sei Whales. The hunts continue despite the falling demand for meat in the country. Japan’s Diet (parliament)…

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Japanese whale research ship returns with no whales on board

The first Japanese vessel to carry out whale research in the Antarctic Ocean since the country officially withdrew last year from the International Whaling Commission (IWC – the body that regulates whaling) has returned to port without catching a whale. On 26 December 2018, the Japanese government announced its withdrawal from the IWC in order to officially…

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Over 300 more whales killed by Japanese hunting fleet

Japanese whaling vessels have returned to port from the Antarctic Ocean after killing 333 minke whales as planned. The fleet, consisting of the Yushin Maru (724 tons), The 3rd Yushin Maru (742 tons)., and three other vessels, including the factory ship, Nisshin Maru (8145 tons) and the 2nd Yushin Maru (747 tons), left Japan for the…

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