Japan kills approximately 400 whales a year to be sold as meat.
When the International Whaling Commission banned commercial whaling in 1986, Japan can only kill whales as long as it is for research purposes. According to an article from Australia’s ABC News, “Japan kills hundreds of whales a year under a loophole in the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling that allows ‘lethal research’.” Whaling has always been a large commercial activity in Japan, with the meat from whales being sold to stores all over the world. The IWC has grown since the moratorium was established, and Japan has used financial incentives to buy votes in support of commercial whaling by many small, debt-ridden Caribbean nations. Currently many environmentalist organizations are working to expose Japans continuing whaling activities as the endangerment of the species increases.
Read this article by MSNBC, to learn more about how some whale meat is being illegally sold by the Japanese as sushi.
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