Japanese Sailors Killed Over 300 Whales During Scientific Expedition

03.04.2017

Within the so-called ecological research program supported by the Japanese government, 333 small minke whales were killed in the Antarctic. The purpose of the expedition was to obtain biological samples in order to accurately calculate the quotas for the catch of these marine mammals.

Japanese Sailors Killed Over 300 Whales During Scientific Expedition

The International Convention on the Regulation of Whaling prohibits the hunt for whales for profit, but studies with a possible lethal outcome are allowed by the international agreement of 1987. Thus, Japanese whalers did not violate the rules. Nevertheless, animal advocates have repeatedly pointed out that Japan is only covering up for scientific purposes, because you can always find whale meat on the supermarkets shelves in the Land of the Rising Sun.