Japan launches its campaign whaling in the Antarctic
Two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left, Saturday, December 7, the Japanese archipelago for their annual hunt in the Antarctic. The three ships left the port of Shimonoseki (south-west) to join other ships to take up 935 minke whales in the Antarctic whales and up to 50 common here in March , told the news agency Kyodo.
The Fisheries Agency had kept secret the date of departure of the whaling fleet as a precautionary measure, fearing obstruction by militant groups against the whaling, including Sea Shepherd. The annual Japanese whaling campaign is often disrupted, sometimes violently, by vessels of the NGO led by the “eco-warrior” Paul Watson. These battles already have in the past prevented the whalers fulfill their goals.
Catches of whales practiced by Japan are denounced by environmental organizations and foreign governments. Although the International Whaling Commission (IWC) imposed a moratorium International on commercial whaling in 1986, Japan has indeed exemptions allowing him to conduct hunts whales in the western North Pacific and Antarctic officially in purpose of "scientific research".
However, the whale meat ending on market stalls with fish, the scientific pretext is found lying by opponents who believe that it is a disguised commercial fishing, so detrimental to the international rules. Over the past fifteen years, about 15,000 whales were caught without the International Whaling Commission does not stumble.
Japanese fishing is even less founded that for several years the majority of stocks of whale meat not find a buyer in Japan, lack of consumption sufficient national.
(Le Monde via Google Translate)