The EU and 12 countries have issued a statement in which they criticized the activities of Japanese whalers in the Antarctic region, which, according to Tokyo, catch whales for scientific research purposes. This is reported on Monday, Western media referring to the text of the statement.
“We express a joint protest over the ongoing so-called” scientific “whaling in the Southern Ocean by Japan,” the statement said.
At the same time, the countries that signed the declaration called such activities of the Japanese side “commercial whaling”.
At the end of March 2014, the International Court of Justice ruled that Japanese vessels, under the guise of scientific expeditions, produce commercial catches of whales. After that, in 2014 – 2015 gg. Japan did not fish whales, but in 2016 it resumed this activity, in accordance with the updated plans.
This is of concern to a number of countries that believe that Japan catches hundreds of whales and sells their meat in the domestic market and claims that Japanese whalers do not pursue scientific goals.
Earlier, The Guardian reported that the Japanese whaling fleet kills more than 300 whales annually during Antarctic hunting.
Source: Maritime News of Russia