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A Japanese whaling fleet of four vessels with around 160 crew members left for Antarctica on Tuesday morning to resume whaling this summer. Japan earlier has said that it will start to hunt minke whales.
Several scientists and experts are against this practice of Japan to kill minke whales. But Japan in response to it said that whaling is very necessary for scientific research. This claim of the Japanese government was rejected by the International Court of Justice.
According to the International Court of Justice, the Institute of Cetacean Research (ICR), the Japanese organization which is charged with regulating whaling published only two papers in peer-reviewed scientific journals since 2005.
In order to build their support for whaling, Japanese whaling advocates have turned to economic argument, said whaling critics.
Patrick Ramage, whale program director at the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), told The Christian Science Monitor in a phone interview Tuesday that it is a tricky issue for Japanese authorities.
“They claim they are whaling for non-commercial reasons, but the practice certainly makes no sense economically. $400 million over the past 20 years has been used to prop up a dying industry”, said Ramage.
Scrutiny into the matter showed that the economic incentives highlighted by Japanese whaling advocates are weak. It was found that only few fishermen are paid by the government for whale hunt and fish distributors hardly find whale meat as profitable for them.
The Monitor in 2014 reported that 95% of Japanese never or rarely eat whale meat and 88.8 percent of Japanese had not bought whale meat in the last 12 months.