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IWC withdrawal: Japan resumes commercial whaling in 2019



Whaling activity will also cease in the Antarctic Ocean, according to an official statement released Wednesday, chasing species with so-called "healthy" populations.

"In its long history, Japan has not only used whales as a protein source, but also for a variety of other purposes," the statement says. "The whaling engagement has supported local communities, thereby developing the life and culture of whale use."

The move to resume commercial whaling has provoked outrage among conservation groups.

"Today's declaration stands outside the international community, let alone the protection needed to secure the future of our oceans and these majestic creatures." said Sam Annesley, executive director at Greenpeace Japan. "The government of Japan needs to act urgently to preserve the ecosystems of the seas, rather than resume commercial whaling."

Commercial whaling was banned in 1

986 under a moratorium by the International Whaling Commission in 1986. However, Japan has used a loophole to legally hunt whales since 1987 and claims it is scientific research.

Iceland and Norway oppose the moratorium and continue to hunt commercially whales without relying on science as an excuse.

In September 2018, at the IWC Annual Symposium in Brazil, the majority of member states approved a noncommittal resolution stating that commercial whaling is no longer a valid economic activity or is required for scientific research.

As the Japanese Political Class Towards Recovery With regard to commercial whaling activities, activists say that eating whales is "becoming less and less popular".

"Actually, many (regular) people are not interested in whales or whaling, now in Japan," said Nanami Kurasawa of the Iruka and Kujira (Dolphin and Whale) Action Network (IKAN) to CNN.


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