On Monday, five small Japanese whaling ships were ready for commercial whaling. The move marks first ever whale hunt for commercial purpose in the past three decades. Thus Japanese whalers carried their first catches while uncaring the criticism from the activists who think the conduct is unkind and out-fashioned. The five vessels started sailing from northern Japan’s Kushiro. By afternoon, they returned with two grey minke whales. The whale hunt arrives after Japan’s decision to back step from the IWC (International Whaling Commission). Last year, in December, Japan issued a notice of withdrawal to IWC. Whereas it is the nation which has long conserved few of the species it wants to kill are endangered.
Finally, on Sunday, Japan decided to resume commercial whaling. From the past thirty years, the nation allowed whaling exclusively for research and scientific purpose. Now the Japanese Fishery Ministry has permitted whaling up to 277 whales for the year. The figure includes species like 52 minkes, 25 sei whales along with 150 Bryde’s. The agency noted according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, none of the species is listed endangered or near extinction. Whereas, Japan has claimed that eating whale is a significant part of its tradition, and most of the species are not under threat.
IWC has banned whale hunting since 1986 due to decreasing whale populations. After some time, Japan decided another whaling – scientific whaling. But many whales died under research commission. Besides, the number is more than the current commercial whaling value. Currently, Japan is no more a member of IWC. So after withdrawal from the program, the nation will start whaling on the high-seas. But it will limit the hunt till the Antarctic. Shigeto Hase, the head of Japan’s fisheries agency, said whalers across the nation were eager for the reopening of commercial whaling. As per the executive whaling will assist them in passing the culture and way of living to the future generation.