Japan kills 333 whales for 'research', 122 were pregnant

122 pregnant whales among the 300+ killed by Japan for 'science'

122 pregnant whales among the 300+ killed by Japan for 'science'

181 were females, and 67 percent of those were pregnant, while 29 percent of the whales were not yet adults.

As Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flew to Japan for a trade mission on Tuesday, a global conservation group called on her to lobby the Japanese government to end whaling. Once a school of minke whales was sighted, the Japanese identified one or two for killing, using "harpoons with a 30g penthrite grenade". Elaine Lies of Reuters reported a year ago that the country's government has "repeatedly said its ultimate goal is the resumption of commercial whaling". The expedition was detailed in a report to the International Whaling Commission. This information was contained in newly published meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) Scientific Committee meeting held in Slovenia in May.

The animals, although hunted for "research" purposes, will ultimately be sold for their meat, The Independent reports, with critics saying the science aspect is simply a front.

Japanese hunters caught and killed 122 pregnant minke whales as part of an annual research in the Southern Ocean, a new report has revealed.

A 2014 image of three dead minke whales on the deck of the Japanese whaling vessel Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean.

To which Japan launched a new whaling program of doubling their killing grounds and dropping their self allocated quota from 1035 whales down to 333.

"This is especially shocking when we consider that all scientific data on whales can be obtained through non-lethal means and there is absolutely no reason to kill these gentle creatures", he added.

The report on the three-month expedition which began at the end of a year ago was submitted by to the International Whaling Commission.

"The whales often get used for pet food".

"The killing of 122 pregnant whales is a shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan's whale hunt", said Alexia Wellbelove, a senior program manager at Humane Society International.

Japan is one of several countries that have signed IWC's whale hunting moratorium, according to newshub.nz. "Significant conservation efforts are underway worldwide to address these issues, so the least Japan could do is put away the harpoons".

Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, Wellbelove stressed that Australia, along with other countries against whaling, should send the "the strongest possible message to Japan that it should stop its lethal whaling programs".

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