Japan has confirmed that more than 300 whales, including 200 pregnant females, were slaughtered in the country’s latest whaling mission in the Southern Ocean. Four ships were sent to the Antarctic region over a period of 115 days from 1 December last year and killed 333 minke whales.
Japan’s actions are in defiance of international criticism and despite a 2014 UN legal decision that ruled so-called scientific whaling activity in the Southern Ocean was a front for commercial hunts.
The Australian government had said it would consider sending a customs patrol vessel to the Southern Ocean and explore options for legal action. But the conservation group Sea Shepherd in February said the Japanese fleet had faced little or no scrutiny over the summer and Australia and New Zealand seemed unwilling to send a ship to intercept them.
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