Japan harvests many species of whales every year in the name of scientific research. Species include fin, sei, minke, sperm, and bryde whales. One study conducted by Steve Palumbi in 1994 showed that despite international protection, humpback whale meat along with meats of other protected species were turning up in Japanese markets. Japan argues that it can continue to hunt certain species of whales, such as minkes, because they are abundant. Currently, there is an international ban on commercial whaling.
Shwartz, Mark. “Whale scientist Palumbi transforms controversy into conservation.” Stanford News Service 23 Feb. 2005. Stanford University. 29 Apr. 2009 <http://news-service.stanford.edu/news/2005/february23/aaas-palumbisr-022305.html>.
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