Critics said the program was simply commercial whaling in disguise, after the meat of animals taken in scientific whaling ended up on store shelves and in restaurants.
Despite global outcry, Japan now intends to catch 227 whales for meat before the end of the year.
Two Japanese whale hunting boats have returned to port with their first catch after resuming commercial whaling for the first time in 31 yrs. Altogether, they will catch 52 minkes, 150 Bryde's and 25 sei whales through December 31.
Japan began whaling for scientific research a year after a 1986 ban on commercial whaling, aiming to gather what it called crucial population data, but it abandoned commercial whaling in 1988.
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So far, two minke whales have been harpooned in the inaugural voyage. The town is also known for dolphin hunts because of the documentary film "The Cove".
Moronuki says the fate of commercial whaling depends on whether whale meat is widely accepted by consumers since it won't be getting as much subsidies as it used to get.
Japan had long sought to lift the moratorium and finally left the IWC on Sunday after the organization last September voted down its proposal to resume commercial whaling of species considered abundant, such as minke whales. "Whale meat is a traditional food in Japan and I would like many people to try and develop taste for it, especially younger people". "I can't wait to eat it as sashimi", a 67-year-old male resident said. We don't try to have global interference when people want to eat frogs, but we do when they want to eat whales. "It is a win-win solution that results in a better situation for whales, a better situation for Japan, a better situation for worldwide marine conservation efforts and is therefore to be welcomed". "It's higher quality, unlike that from research whaling, as they drained the blood aboard". These programs were created to be consistent with International Whaling Commission rules, particularly Article VIII of the Whaling Convention that permitted "special permit" whaling conducted for the purposes of scientific research. It was a moment that people in the whaling industry had always been anticipating.
The Fisheries Company stated the hunts would keep within the country's exclusive economic zone, and the catch quota for the remainder of this year might be 227 whales including minkes, sei whales and Bryde's whales, fewer than the 637 that Japan hunted within the Antarctic and the north-western Pacific in its analysis program in recent years.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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