the slain carcasses of a minke whale and her calf being hauled aboard a Japanese harpoon ship. Photo: AP

Japan reportedly leaving whaling treaty to resume commercial hunting in 2019

  • Conservationists welcomed the possible end to whaling in the Southern Ocean but warned that by withdrawing from the IWC, Japan risked becoming a ‘pirate whaling nation’
  • Japanese officials claim that populations of certain types of whale – such as the minke – have recovered sufficiently to allow the resumption of ‘sustainable’ hunting
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the slain carcasses of a minke whale and her calf being hauled aboard a Japanese harpoon ship. Photo: AP
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