- More than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest Japanese whale hunt in Antarctica’s Southern Ocean
- Figures show that 128 of the 333 minke whales caught during the expedition in the Southern Ocean were female; 122 of them were pregnant
In pursuit of ‘scientific research’, more than 120 pregnant whales were slaughtered in the latest 12-week Japanese hunt in Antarctica waters.
This is a practice that they are committed to because they claim they are acquiring important information from these whales.
According to a report released by the International Whaling Committee (IWC), Japan has killed a total of 333 minke whales so far in the 2017/2018 austral season as part of their annual practice of hunting whales for science. 128 out of the 333 minke whales caught during the expedition were females, and 122 of them were pregnant.
Conservationists greeted the report’s findings with fury; calling the statistics “shocking” and condemning the slaughter as “abhorrent.”
“The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan’s whale hunt,” Alexia Wellbelove, a senior program manager at Humane Society International, said in a statement.
“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.”
According to CNN, Japan has previously justified its whaling on an exemption in international law which allows the animals to be killed for scientific purposes, but Australia won a 2014 case at the International Court of Justice which ruled against the Japanese program in the Southern Ocean.