This mightily pisses us off. How and why in the fuck is this still happening?
Humane Society International has expressed outrage that 122 pregnant female whales were killed this year in the Southern Ocean as part of Japan’s whaling program NEWREP-A. The information was contained in newly published meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission Scientific Committee meeting held in Slovenia in May.
The results show that of the 333 Antarctic minke whales killed this year, 181 were females. 122 or 67 percent of these females were pregnant and 53 or 29 percent were immature animals.
“The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt. It is further demonstration, if needed, of the truly gruesome and unnecessary nature of whaling operations, especially when non-lethal surveys have been shown to be sufficient for scientific needs,” said Alexia Wellbelove, Senior Program Manager at Humane Society International.
Despite condemnation by the international community and the International Court of Justice, which ruled in 2014 that Japan’s JARPA II Antarctic whaling program was illegal and must stop, Japan re-badged its whaling program and sent its whaling fleet to the Southern Ocean for its annual whale hunt again in 2015. Japan withdrew its recognition of the International Court of Justice as an arbiter of disputes over whales. Read on thanks to the Maritime Executive.