Japan to Live in the Sea of Blood Again as It’ll Start Whale Hunting in 2019

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will withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in 2019. Read about it on Nexter.org. 

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What does it mean? 

The ban on commercial whaling has been in effect in since 1986, but the authorities decided to cancel it. Next year, will leave the International Whaling Commission and will resume commercial whaling, reports CNN.

“In its long history, has used whales not only as a source of protein but also for a variety of other purposes,” the statement said. “Engagement in whaling has been supporting local communities, and thereby developed the life and culture of using whales.”

This decision was made after failed to convince the IWC to allow it to restore commercial whaling at the beginning of the year.

Leaving the commission means that Japanese whaling ships will be able to resume hunting in the Japanese coastal waters of whales, which are currently protected by the IWC.

At the same time, , having left the IWC, will not be able to continue to catch whales for the so-called scientific research in the Antarctic, which was allowed under the Antarctic Treaty.

The exit means that joins Iceland and Norway, openly rejecting the IWC’s ban on commercial whaling.

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Animal advocacy groups have criticized this decision, and Greenpeace called this news “insidious.”

“The declaration today is out of step with the international community, let alone the protection needed to safeguard the future of our oceans and these majestic creatures,” said Sam Annesley, executive director at Greenpeace . “The government of must urgently act to conserve marine ecosystems, rather than resume commercial whaling.”

“Actually many (regular) people don’t have any interest in whales or whaling now in ,” Nanami Kurasawa of the Iruka and Kujira Action Network (IKAN) told CNN.

A ban on commercial whaling was introduced in 1986 in order to restore the whale population. Since the rule was introduced, , which makes extensive use of whale products and whaling, has continued to hunt these animals, allegedly for scientific purposes, which is allowed by IWC.

See also, shocking tradition that allows killing hundreds of whales every year!


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