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Despite an international court ruling that ordered Japan to halt its Antarctic whaling campaign and called the practice "unscientific," the country has resumed whaling in the northwestern Pacific. The Fisheries Agency reported that a coastal whaling fleet killed 30 minke whales from April to June this year.
The news comes after the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ordered Japan to stop whaling "with immediate effect" -- an order that was applauded by conservationists. Conservationists have already voiced their dismay. Candace Crespi of the Oceanic Preservation Society told The Dodo:
How can killing whales be justified as science when we know their numbers are declining? The Japanese government has desperately defended whaling for years, but the question still remains: for what? Supporting whaling culture is one thing, but maintaining whaling at this scale makes absolutely no sense.
Japan had previously announced that its target this year for the Pacific hunt was 210 whales. During the last season, the country caught 251 minke whales in the Antarctic and 224 others in the northern Pacific. The hunts are conducted in spite of a global ban on whaling since 1986, under the guise of "scientific research."