BIODIVERSITYNEWSJapan To Resume Whale Hunting

Maureen SantosDecember 22, 20185705 min

As climate change continues to lash at the planet we are living in causing more and worse catastrophes, humans are fueling the suffrage.

Recently, Japan declared its planned withdrawal from the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) next year to return the commercial whaling. The government plans to do the whale hunting in seas adjacent to the country including its exclusive economic zone.

Japan once sought to reverse a worldwide commercial whaling ban earlier this year. However, the attempt was not successful when anti-whaling nations vanquished a Japanese overture that would have enabled whale hunting. The latest proposal was rejected this September.

An adult and sub-adult Minke whale are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel that is the world’s only factory whaling ship. The wound that is visible on the calf’s side was reportedly caused by an explosive-packed harpoon. (Customs and Border Protection Service, Commonwealth of Australia/WikimediaCommons)

The Southeast Asian country ceased whale hunting for commercialism in 1982 in accordance to an IWC suspension. Since 1987, the Southern Ocean has been the hunting ground of Japan for whales for “scientific research” purposes. However, it received criticisms around the world alleging that it was only a front for commercial purposes.

For the first time in three decades, Japan considered of pulling out from the commission to return to its old practice – whale hunting. According to the nation’s fisheries agency, there is no final decision yet if it will indeed withdraw from the agreement that prohibits whale hunting.

The IWC aims to boost the diminishing whale population but Japan debates that the numbers have sufficiently rehabilitated. For that matter, the country asks permission to go whale hunting again for more typical species like the minke whale.

Common Minke whale (Cephas/WikimediaCommons)

Greenpeace Japan executive director Sam Annesley advocated the Japanese government to remain in the IWC.

Annesley  noted, “The Japanese government has a history of failing to work with the IWC on conservation initiatives designed to protect and recover whale species, many of which are yet to return to healthy population numbers since widespread commercial whaling was ended over 30 years ago.”

One Japanese official argued that Japanese fishermen make their living by whale hunting and the government could not end it just easily.

A minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata). (NOAA/WikimediaCommons)

Since 1951, Japan has been one of the many countries included in the IWC. The country, however, has an awkward relationship with an alliance it thinks has become basically not in favor of whale hunting following the configuration to tackle balance in the industry.

Maureen Santos

She lets everyone become aware of what is happening to our beloved planet Earth and its inhabitants. She can take you beyond the space and find out how neighbor planets are doing. Moreover, she would open your eyes to the things what makes the Earth suffer including the living species and allow you to decide what you can do to help save the planet and the future generation.

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