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IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

Sep 13, 2018

IWC vote backs aboriginal whale hunts — with new quotas

The International Whaling Commission on Wednesday cast a rare strong vote in favor of whale hunting but strictly for small subsistence hunts undertaken by some communities, mostly in the Arctic. The vote confirmed a long-standing commitment to so-called aboriginal subsistence whaling (ASW) for nutritional and ...

Nations lock horns in Brazil over Japan's call to resume whaling

/ Sep 11, 2018

Nations lock horns in Brazil over Japan's call to resume whaling

Pro- and anti-whaling nations locked horns Monday as the International Whaling Commission (IWC) began meeting in Brazil amid outrage over Japan's proposal to end a three-decade old moratorium on commercial whale hunting. Incoming IWC Chairman Joji Morishita said the meeting could determine the future of ...

May 31, 2018

122 pregnant minke whales killed in Japan's annual whale hunt: report

A highly controversial annual whaling expedition Tokyo defends as scientific research but that conservationists call "gruesome and unnecessary" killed 122 pregnant minke whales, a report by Japanese authorities shows. The four-month expedition in the Antarctic ended in March after the fleet killed 333 minke whales ...

Sep 3, 2015

Japan to conduct 'research whaling' off northern Japan

The government will conduct so-called research whaling off Hokkaido in northern Japan from this Saturday through late October, with plans to take up to 51 minke whales, the Fisheries Agency said Wednesday. The coastal whaling — to be conducted off Kushiro, Hokkaido, on the same ...