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The country's New Scientific Whale Research Program in the Antarctic Ocean (NEWREP-A) sent a report to the IWC detailing the 333 minkes caught, 152 male and 181 female, during its "third biological field survey" in the area.
Japan cut down its catch by two-thirds under its new research plan, and has stuck to taking about 330 whales each year. The data shows that in the 2017/18 hunt, 122 of the female minkes captured were pregnant, while 61 of the males and 53 of the females were not yet adults. After a few weeks of surveys, the team caught all the whales within just 12 weeks before setting off back to Japan.
The whale meat is then sold to be eaten.
originally posted by: watchitburn
I don't think it counts as murder since the meat was eaten.
Too bad that doesn't count for people too.
originally posted by: bobs_uruncleJust think soylent green.
originally posted by: Metallicus
I will play devils advocate here. How would our feel if some foreigners tried to tell you what you can and can’t eat? What if a group of militant vegans came into power and took away beef, chicken and other staples from your diet?
My point is we should look at this from their point of view and see how absurd it is for us to tell them they can no longer eat what they want.
I don’t hate whales, but I do hate forcing my beliefs on others.
The libertarian in me says leave them alone.
In total 333 Minke Whales were killed (Murdered) as part of Japans Antarctic summer "field survey" , because you've got to kill Whales in order to study them.
originally posted by: seagull
a reply to: howtonhawky
Not sure thriving is quite the right word...
Or are they, instead, filling a niche left open by the systematic slaughter of other whale species? That seems more likely.
Look at the incredible spread of the coyote into areas historically closed to them...because the way was opened with the slaughter of other predator species...such as the wolf.