Japan to Recommence Whaling for Scientific Research

Japan to Recommence Whaling for Scientific Research

In late 2015 Japan announced their new scientific research plan to recommence the whaling of Minke whales in Antarctica. A target of 333 whales has been set for the end of Summer 2016, contributing to Japan’s long-term target of just fewer than 4,000 whales across a 12-year period.

The Japanese government has given the green light for its whaling companies to begin collecting Minke whales in Antarctic waters, on the basis that their research data they require can only be found using ‘lethal sampling’. Japan