Japanese whalers killed a total of 333 minke whales in the Antarctic
At least 333 of the small minke whales killed by Japanese whalers in the Antarctic under the program of environmental studies, which is supported by the government. On Friday, March 31, according to ABC News.
The expedition lasted four months, it was attended by five whaling ships. According to the Associated Press, activists previously attempted to prevent such actions, this time seriously in research did not interfere.
Along with this under an international agreement in 1987 allowed “to carry out research on whales with possible fatal outcome”. Official Tokyo insists that operates strictly within the legal framework, however, occasionally becomes the object of attention of conservationists: those accused Japan that it covers “research purposes”, but in fact whale meat is sold in supermarkets.
In 2014, the Hague court has banned whaling in the Antarctic. Japan has prepared a new plan which promised to reduce the production of minke whales in the third — to 333, as well as to expand scientific research that does not require killing whales.