Japan to Resume Whale Hunt this December; Snubs IWC

Throwing the call against whale hunting along the Antarctic region by the International Whaling Commission (IWC) to the wind, Japan has decided to go against the global regulators. The country will resume hunting minke whales in the Antarctic Circle, starting this December.

The stance was made clear by Joji Morishita, the country’s chief whaling negotiator, who said that the decision to disapprove whale hunting followed political interests, rather than scientific ones.

Previously, IWC had released a report, which said there was a lack of proper scientific reasons and Japan wants to go forward with its scheduled whale hunting for the next 12 years. However, Morishita snubbed the report citing that it lacked any definite conclusions.

Japan has been hunting down whales on their proposed belief of sustainable whaling, pointing to the sizable population of world’s whale population. It’s also on the grounds of research that countries have been granted permission to hunt whales across the oceans.

However, allegations are that the nation has been using the meat for processed food. Commercial whaling was first banned in 1986. But the nation still followed the practice.

Although with the IWC seeking more evidence for a scientific background in their whale hunt, Japan could still go forward with their whale hunting this December. That’s on account of the factor that sanctions for whale hunting for researches are eventually granted by individual countries.

But it wouldn’t appear convincing for a nation that sticks to international rules to go against the wide disapproval from the global regulatory body, as well as anti-whaling campaigners.

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