Japan Considers Leaving The International Whaling Commission To Resume Commercial Hunts

Japan plans to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to resume commercial hunting, media reports say. The government told its MPs of the decision, NHK reports. There has been no official confirmation of the move. Commercial whaling was banned by the IWC in 1986 after some whales were driven almost to extinction. For many years Japan has hunted whales for what it calls scientific research and to sell the meat, a programme widely criticized by conservationists. The Japanese government is expected to cite the recovery of certain whale species as justification for the move, although it's thought to be considering whaling only in its own waters. Officials in Japan say eating whales is part of its culture. A number of coastal communities in Japan have hunted whales for centuries, but consumption in the country surged only after World War Two when whales were the main source of meat. It has plummeted in recent decades. What's the reaction? Wildlife protection groups have already criticized the planned withdrawal. Despite Japanese media widely reporting the decision has been taken, there has been no official announcement yet. Hideki Moronuki, from the Fisheries Agency of Japan, told the BBC that Japan was considering every possible option but has not yet come up with a decision. Citing unnamed government sources, Kyodo news agency said a formal announcement could come next week. In September Tokyo tried to get the IWC to allow commercial catch quotas but the proposal was rejected. What is the current whaling ban? In 1986, IWC members agreed to a moratorium on hunting to allow whale stocks to recover. Pro-whaling nations expected the moratorium to be temporary until a consensus could be reached on sustainable catch quotas. Instead, it became a quasi-permanent ban. Whaling nations, such as Japan, Norway, and Iceland, however, argue the practice is Reports say the decision to leave a global whaling body has been made, but there's no confirmation yet.


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  • "Fuck you whale, and fuck you dolphiin!"

    Anywho, let's all say goodbye to the whales. Sadly, it's not the ones with hair dyed green that are going away.

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  • If they reinstate it they should have all trade barred from them. No imports and no one should accept exports.

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  • Japan can hunt the whales if it wants as far as I am concerned.

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  • Leave the whales alone... go eat a dog I hear they are full of nourishments.

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  • Better eat them now before they run out.

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  • sounds like two nukes werent enough

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  • Why pick on Japan specifically when they are not the only country that hunts whales? Besides, it’s not like Canada doesn’t have controversial hunting practices as well.

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    • As much as I support animal rights, I am very critical of conservationist groups due to their tendency of picking on Asian countries while ignoring the controversial hunting practices in their own countries.

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    • OK, thanks. I agree that's pretty despicable.

    • @backdoorman You’re welcome.

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