Japan's 'Research' Killing of Whales Continues

Japanese officials announced Friday that the country had killed 30 minke whales in the northwestern Pacific as part of its stated “research” program that allows for the taking of the marine mammals.

The UN’s International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled in March that Japan must halt its JARPA II Antarctic whaling program, stating that it is not for purposes of scientific research as the country had claimed.

The 30 minke whales that were killed during the April-June season, however, were caught as part of the country’s North Pacific program, which was not stopped by the ICJ ruling.

Though that ruling technically only covered the Southern Ocean, the country’s continuation of its “pseudo-scientific” whaling program is quite disappointing, Phil Kline, Senior Oceans Campaigner at Greenpeace, told Common Dreams.