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UK joins criticism of Japanese withdrawal from International Whaling Commission 26 Dec 2018 20:00 #12385

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UK joins criticism of Japanese withdrawal from International Whaling Commission
For years the country has been killing whales under the guise of research but now it will hunt openly for commercial purposes


Wednesday 26 December 2018
By Sharon Marris, news reporter

Japan has repeatedly threatened to leave as far back as 2007

Environment secretary Michael Gove has criticised Japan's withdrawal from the International Whaling Commission (IWC).

The move, announced on Tuesday, means Japan will resume commercial whale hunts in its own waters, with no limit to the number of animals it can kill.

Environment secretary Michael Gove said he was "extremely disappointed" by move, tweeting: "The UK is strongly opposed to commercial whaling and will continue to fight for the protection and welfare of these majestic mammals."

Until now Japan has been able to kill a few hundred, mainly minke, whales in the Antarctic and southern hemisphere under the guise of scientific research, under IWC rules.

Read Full Report Here;
news.sky.com/story/japan-will-leave-international-whaling-commission-and-resume-commercial-whaling-11591329
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