Humane Society International reaction to new Japanese whaling plan

Humane Society International's Vice President Kitty Block has issued the following statement in reaction to the newly released plan by the Fisheries Agency of Japan to resume its whaling program under the guise of science.

The agency’s announcement comes just months after the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan’s scientific whaling program in the Antarctic was not based on science and undermined the moratorium on commercial whaling. Now Japan proposes lower quotas, targeting one species and including nonlethal research methods. It still seeks, however, to kill hundreds of whales each year in an Antarctic sanctuary in the name of science under a revised version of a program that has not only killed close to 3,600 whales and yielded no scientific data since its inception, but whose main purpose is the resumption of commercial whaling.

Kitty Block says: "Japan's new whaling proposal for the southern ocean sanctuary is neither new nor improved. Despite the ICJ decision condemning the nation's so-called scientific program, Japan is still trying to explain the inexplicable and defend the indefensible. The hunt is for commercial purposes - not science."

HSI's cetacean experts are available for interview and comments. 

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Wendy Higgins, Communications Director: 44 (0)7989 972 423, whiggins@hsi.org 

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