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120 Pregnant Whales Killed by Japan for 'Research'

120 Pregnant Whales Killed by Japan for 'Research'

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By    |   Wednesday, 30 May 2018 09:30 AM EDT

More than 120 pregnant whales were killed by Japan in the name of "research" during the country's latest Antarctic Ocean hunt, Newsweek noted.

The annual killing spree was held over 143 days and saw a total of 333 Antarctic minke whales slaughtered last summer as part of Japan's controversial whaling program.

Of those whales, 181 were female and 122 of those were pregnant, while 61 immature males and 53 immature females were killed, according to meeting papers from the International Whaling Commission's scientific committee.

Japan has previously come under fire for killing thousands of whales in the internationally protected sanctuary near the Antarctic since 2005 as part of its program.

In 2014 a court ruling ordered Japan to "revoke all whaling permits" immediately and not issue any new ones because the "permits granted by Japan for the killing, taking, and treating of whales . . . are not 'for purposes of scientific research.'"

However, this has not stopped the country from continuing its annual summer whale hunt, which it claims is for scientific research while also allowing whale flesh to be sold in markets and restaurants.

The whales are killed by harpoons carrying a 30g penthrite grenade and then transported to a research base vessel where experts allegedly examine the dynamics of the Antarctic marine ecosystem, Newsweek noted.

Humane Society International senior program manager Alexia Wellbelove has spoken out against the killings, calling it a "shocking statistic and sad indictment on the cruelty of Japan's whale hunt," according to the Sydney Morning Herald noted.

"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," she said.

Australia's shadow minister for the environment Tony Burke called for an end to the hunt.

"There is nothing scientific about harpooning a pregnant whale, chopping it up and putting it on a plate," he said, according to Newsweek. "Japan's position on this is absurd and the Australian government must not be silent."

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Japan killed more than 120 pregnant whales in the name of "research" during the country's latest Antarctic Ocean hunt.
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