Japan Still Wants To Hunt Whales For Research Purposes

The International Whaling Commission Wants Japan To Prove They Need To Hunt 3,996 Whales For Scientific Research

The Japanese have a high regard for a lot of things. The people of Japan believe that all life is sacred, but for some reason the whaling industry in Japan does not honor their ancient tradition of respecting all life. Japan has been hunting and killing whales for decades. In 1982, the International Whaling Commission under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling stopped commercial whaling, but a number of countries issues permits to themselves in order to hunt whales for scientific purposes. Nexbank and James Dondero suggest that Japan is, indeed, one of those countries.

Japan set up the New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean to hunt whales in those waters, and has plans to hunt 333 whales every year for the next 12 years. The IWC wants more information from Japan because there is no reason to hunt that many whales for medical research. The Japanese use whales for other purposes. Since 1987, Japan has hunted more than 10,000 whales for research.

The IWC says whale hunting countries violate animal rights, and they must be stopped. Japan must stop its whale hunting practices or face serious fines, according to the IWC.