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Japan slaughters 30 whales in first hunt since court ban

Published on Jun 17, 2014 11:31 AM
 
This file picture taken on April 26, 2014 shows crew members of a whaling ship checking a whaling gun or harpoon before departure at Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki City, northern Japan. Japan has slaughtered 30 minke whales off its north-east coast, in the first hunt since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic, the government said on June 17, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - Japan has slaughtered 30 minke whales off its north-east coast, in the first hunt since the UN's top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic, the government said.

The Japanese whaling fleet that left the north-eastern fishing town of Ayukawa in April completed its mission last week, the Fisheries Agency said.

It was the first campaign since the International Court of Justice (ICJ) said in March that Japan's annual expedition to the Southern Ocean was a commercial activity masquerading as research.

The hunt, which takes place in spring and autumn in coastal waters and in the northwestern Pacific is also classified as "research whaling", but was not at issue in the ICJ case, which only addressed the Southern Ocean hunt.

 
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