Japan's excuse for slaughtering thousands of whales has been blown to pieces.
The country has long exploited a loophole allowing whaling for "scientific research," and scientists say its whaling program is utterly unscientific.
A panel of experts from the International Whaling Commission (IWC), the body that once regulated commercial whaling around the world, condemned Japan's newly-revised Antarctic whale hunt plans, claiming they show no need for killing whales, Reuters reports.
"With the information presented in the proposal, the Panel was not able to determine whether lethal sampling is necessary to achieve the two major objectives; therefore, the current proposal does not demonstrate the need for lethal sampling to achieve those objectives."
The IWC adopted a moratorium on whaling in 1986 and encouraged member countries to sign it. While nearly all the countries in the world comply, a few including Norway and Iceland formally opposed the ban. Japan did too, but also took advantage of a legal loophole in the document that allowed for lethal whaling for "scientific research."