20 Dec '11, 5am

Sea Shepherd update: Japan’s “Scientific Whaling,” Much More than Whales

Sea Shepherd update: Japan’s “Scientific Whaling,” Much More than Whales

Officers of the Japan Fisheries Agency (JFA) came out quickly to defend the government's decision saying that the money will go to support the whaling industry and some communities that were affected by the earthquake and tsunami of last March. They added that by returning with a "full load" [of whales] they would be able to revive the community of Ayukawa, the only whaling vicinity in the east coast of Ojika peninsula which was destroyed in March that used to have only one whaling station. However, the funds requested by the JFA clearly specify that the final destination of the money is to "increase the safety of the whaling fleet and allow stable operation of the season in Antarctica." Similarly, the statements of JFA officials evidence the true commercial nature of the so-called “scientific whaling” and confirm once more the illegality of these operations.

Full article: http://www.seashepherd.org/news-and-media/2011/12/19/inte...

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