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On Sunday 18th November Japan's whaling fleet set sail for the Antarctic aiming to conduct the biggest single whale slaughter since commercial whaling was banned over twenty years ago. The whalers are targeting 1,035 whales for so-called ‘research’, cynically exploiting a legal loophole in the whaling convention.
The International Whaling Commission (IWC) has repeatedly condemned the hunt, most recently at its annual meeting held in Anchorage last May.
Japan has killed over 10,000 whales for ’research’ since the IWC banned commercial whaling in 1986. All the meat is sold commercially with the choicest cuts an extremely expensive delicacy in Japanese restaurants.
The whalers aim to kill 935 minke whales, plus a further 50 fin and 50 humpback whales, the latter two species considered especially threatened. The humpback whale has been protected for over forty years, having been almost exterminated by whaling.
To protest at Japan's "scientific" whaling:
Ambassador Mr. Yoshiji Nogami
Embassy of Japan
Tel: 020 7465 6500
Prime Minister Yasuo Fakuda
Prime Ministers Office