Japan kills 30 whales in new hunt

2014-06-13 21:40
Three minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary, according to anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd. (Sea Shepherd Australia, AFP)

Three minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru inside a Southern Ocean sanctuary, according to anti-whaling activists Sea Shepherd. (Sea Shepherd Australia, AFP)

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Tokyo - Japan has caught 30 whales off its northern coast in its first hunt since an international court ordered the halt of its annual expedition in the Antarctic.

Japan's Fisheries Agency said on Friday that a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales during the April-June season as part of Japan's northwestern Pacific research hunt. Another group of whalers is still at work in a more distant area of the Pacific.

The northwestern Pacific hunt is one of two research whaling programmes that Japan has conducted since a 1986 international ban on commercial whaling.

In March, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japan's Antarctic whaling programme was not scientific as Japan had claimed and must stop.

Japan has suspended next season's Antarctic hunt but is seeking to revise and resume it.

Read more on:    international court of justice  |  japan  |  marine life

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