Japan cuts short whale hunt
hunting season in the Antarctic was cut short after its main whaling
ship was crippled by a fire two weeks ago.
"We have been research whaling for 20 years, but this is the
first time we have had to cut the expedition short"… "It is very
unfortunate," said Takahide Naruko, Fisheries Agency official.
On the other
hand, Greenpeace message to the Japanese crew was, “… this must be the
last time your government sends you to the Southern Ocean to hunt whales
and threaten the Antarctic environment. For the sake of the environment,
the whales and your crew -- never again!"
fleet caught 505 minke whales and 3 fin whales, compared with a
planned catch of 850 minke and 10 fin whales.
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