Japan's whale hunt stops due to anti-whaling group
Feb 23, 2011
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society has successfully forced Japan's whale hunt to end early, according to CNN News.
"We have experienced the dangerous attacks from them, it might take the life of crews. Considering the safety as the first priority, we decided to halt the whaling temporarily," Hirosh Kawamura, of the Japanese Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, told the news source.
There is a global moratorium on whaling. However, Japan hunts annually under a legal loophole that allows whaling for "scientific research."
According to the International Center of Trade and Sustainable Development (ICTSD), Japan sells its whale meat, taking advantage of the loophole.
The Sea Shepherd Conservation Society is a non-profit organization registered in the Netherlands, Australia and New Zealand, according to the ICTSD.
On their website, the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society's boat is pictured as a giant black ship with a skull flag at its bow.
Australia, the Netherlands and New Zealand have not supported Japan's complaints about the Sea Shepherd's interferences.
“I’m glad this season is over. Australia doesn’t believe there should ever be another whaling season again," Australian Environment Minister Tony Burke told the ICTSD.
Australia had filed a court case against Japan in the International Court of Justice regarding its whaling practice.