Japan exits IWC and will resume commercial whaling as of July 2019

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Japan has drawn harsh criticism due to its decision to terminate being part of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) and announcing it will resume commercial whaling within its waters, joining Norway and Iceland as the only countries disregard to the IWC’s ban on commercial whaling.

It has until now, been allowed to fish a few hundred minke whales per year for research purposes however Japan’s chief cabinet secretary stated, "We have decided to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission in order to resume commercial whaling in July next year."

"Although scientific evidence has confirmed that certain whale species/stocks of whales are abundant, those member states that focus exclusively on the protection of whales...refused to agree to take any tangible steps towards reaching a common position that would ensure the sustainable management of whale resources."

Whale meat has still been sold in Japan and this announcement is bad news for the minke and grey whale, whose numbers have been decimated to due to Japanese and Russian whaling in the 19th and 20th century.

Australia’s environment minister, Melissa Price stated, "Australia remains resolutely opposed to all forms of commercial and so-called 'scientific' whaling," while New Zealand’s foreign affairs minister Winston Peters has called the practice, “outdated and unnecessary”.


Source: Smart Trend Team